It’s a wonderful life

I apologise for not blogging too much lately, I am having difficulties syncing the app with the desktop version of WordPress and sometimes it seems that I have a few followers then at other times I don’t have any.
Blogging to me though is done for a number of reasons:
1) It is quite cathartic.
2) It is a way of clearing your mind of the clutter and stresses of the day.
3) It is a way of connecting with people, some of the blogs that I have read are quite serious but funny at the same time, some are of people who have overcome adversity, some write because of their interests and to some I guess that it is a business, if you can promote yourself and make money out of your interests then why not.

I myself wanted to connect with others and show that no matter what life throws at you there is always a way forward, next April I celebrate 25 years of sobriety, 25 years since my life changed for the better, I wanted to show people that no matter what the situation that all can be overcome, it requires commitment, dedication, enthusiasm, faith, courage and self reflection and introspection but all of the realistic goals that you set can be achieved if you are willing to put in the time and effort.

Josie and I preparing to leave for Christmas dinner

Why It’s a wonderful life??
This happens to be one of my all time Christmas movie favourites, along with A Christmas Carol and Miracle on 34th Street pretty much in that order why though It’s a wonderful life in particular, my own view is that it highlights in each and every one of us the sense of duty, lost opportunities, dashed dreams that we all face throughout our lives, however with the help of a friendly but somewhat hapless angel the lead character George Bailey played by the talented James Stewart is shown what life would have been like had he not have been born, not just how things would have been different in his own families lives but also in the lives of those in the town, how much different the town would have been, how different the people and hopes of the people would have been.
He gives him a unique opportunity to see the difference that his life made to those whom he came into contact with. The main theme of the story is also centred around a miserable character who wanted control of the town and had called in the bank examiners because of an alleged shortfall in George Bailey’s business, yes there was a shortfall because he had taken the money through some strange circumstance, what he didn’t count on was the generosity of the people whom George Bailey had come into contact with, who made up the shortfall, Clarence for his part got his wings.

We too have opportunities in life to make someone happy, uplift someone, say hello or smile at someone, take an interest and befriend someone.
This year has been a very difficult one for me, I was present at the death of my Uncle, I then found out that my Aunt who had been like a Mother to me was dying of Pancreatic Cancer, a couple of months ago I received a phone call from her neighbours saying that she no longer wanted to have any contact with me, no visits, phone calls, letters or cards, going from the hero of the hour to a villain was quite a shock to my system but I live a distance away and I didn’t want to have any upset or confrontation so I accepted the request, it leaves me feeling somewhat saddened for her, somewhat confused but overall at peace with myself.

The beauty is that whilst I am still alive the memories of this wonderful couple are still with me, they are in my thoughts and prayers.
I know that many of you are also experiencing difficult times, maybe not for the same reasons, the Covid Pandemic is still around with its health and financial implications, families are still apart from each other.
My hope is though that has things get back to some sort of normality, people reconnect, that peace and security prevail in all of our lives.

My Aunt and I in May of this year.

Published by paulguisbournehiltonalifeworthgiving

I am a 56 years old male living for the last 5 years in Pembrokeshire West Wales in the UK. I have entitled this blog along with my Facebook page as A Life worth giving because when I was growing up I was taught that the only way to get on in life was to be selfish, not even sharing sweets, books, pens or anything. I moved into adulthood with very much the same view of life and entered in my teens a life of alcohol dependency, another very selfish trait, my drinking consumed every waking moment and I saw alcohol as both my best friend and worst enemy, the only real positive was that it never let me down. Life changed for me in 1997 in the month of April when I stopped drinking and started to awaken my feelings, I found that I actually enjoyed life, enjoyed feeling although it was hard and left me feeling vulnerable yet today I am at my happiest, in a very loving relationship and life is good. A life worth giving is about my journey through life but also about being selfless and serving others willingly and with an attitude of gratitude.

3 thoughts on “It’s a wonderful life

  1. Ah, Josie is lovely! You both looked great for your Christmas dinner! šŸ™‚

    Would you believe that the only one of those Christmas movies that I have seen is A Christmas Carol? Shocking, I know, ha ha ha!

    Belated Merry Merry šŸ˜‰

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    1. Good morning Meg,
      Happy Belated Christmas wishes and a Happy New Year to you and your family, I hope that your daughter is on the way to a full and complete recovery from Covid and that there are no longer lasting health issues.
      Thank you for your kind comments about Josie and I, I agree totally I looked good enough to eat ha ha!!
      We have been seeing each other now for 9 months now and everything is going well.

      I have found out what the issue is between the app and my desktop version, FAULTY EYESIGHT, the app on my phone is set up to the account of A life worth living whereas the desktop version of my blog is A Life worth giving, silly me, old age and dodgy eyes not an attractive look.
      I wish you well in this coming year and hope to interact more with you through your blog, I find it really entertaining and is definitely ranked as my favourite, your messages of hope and anecdotes have really helped me through some really tough times lately.
      Thank you so much for all that you do for me and for your other followers. x

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      1. Thankfully my daughter is almost fully recovered, although her fitness levels have been affected, so she is off to a slow start this year. I am just grateful that she feels healthy though!!!

        Thank YOU for reading my blog, for taking the time… for your lovely comments and kindness.
        Here’s to a super year for us all! x

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