“No man is a failure who has friends”

 The classic Christmas movie “It’s A Wonderful Life” reminds all of us that during a holiday season full of cheer, parties, presents, family and fun that life can unfortunately include a season full of sadness.

There are families who lose everything during a house fire or there’s a woman who is recovering from a serious illness in the hospital watching “How the Grinch stole Christmas” wondering if she will ever get better. And there is the family from Pilsen who sits at their grandmother’s bed trying to determine whether hospice is the best alternative. And there are others who are filing for unemployment faced with a career change after handed a “pink slip” the day  before Thanksgiving.

It also seems unimaginable reading facebook posts during the holiday season “please pray for my mother she’s going into surgery” But whether or not you receive that cashmere sweater, diamond bracelet or chia pet, there is one gift that no one should overlook friends and family.

Just ask any survivor that the love and support of friends and families gives us all our “wings”. The character George Bailey found himself nearly bankrupt in a home falling down, while teetering on an old bridge, until Clarence the angel visited him and reminded how him how he impacted others in their lives. When you are fighting an illness or are facing a huge life challenge, remind yourself “No man is a failure who has friends”.

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