Those of you who are lovers of old movies I'm sure the title of this blog post brought back memories of Jimmy Stewart, Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore and of course the amazing Director, Frank Capra, but for those of you who haven't seen the movie (or play) go rent it! No excuses just because it's in black and white, that's what makes it even more endearing.
"The film is about a man from a family of rich snobs who becomes engaged to a woman from a good-natured but decidedly eccentric family." ~Wikipedia
The moral of the movie is to learn that life is short, do what you love, enjoy what you do and money isn't the be all end all. Somehow we always make it through, the good times and even the bad times! Unfortunately, so many of us waste too much time worrying about money and only focusing our energies on material items, which in the end doesn't make us happy or fulfill those empty voids.
How much do we rely on material items, instead of time with family, friends and experiences?
Do we work only to provide extravagant items, or do we work because we have a passion, a love for what we do? If you don't have that passion, or enjoy your career, then find one you do! You may be surprised how much more successful you will be at something you love, because now you put your whole heart and soul into it!
Now I'm not saying that beautiful items are not fun to have and enjoy, but don't let them be your undoing! Because in the end, "you can't take it with you".
When was the last time you told your parents you love them?
How often do you give your children hugs and kisses instead of yelling?
When was the last time you held your spouse's hand? (you better not say since you were dating!)
Are you generous with the material gifts you have been given? Would you give the coat on your back for someone in need?
When was the last time you took a family or couple vacation and spent quality time together?
How often do you volunteer your time at a nursing home, church, a homeless shelter or to a friend or lonely neighbor?
So, Word To The Wise... Love life, do what you love, care for others and be generous, because remember, "You Can't Take It With You"!