Are You Giving Yourself Credit?
It's a wonderful life ...
Posted on: 17/12/2012 By: Judith Halliday
How many of us would dare to do what George Bailey does in ''It's A Wonderful Life'' and stop and think what life would be like if we weren't around? As it turns out, life in Bedford Falls wouldn't be much cop at all if it weren't for good old George ...
are you giving yourself credit because it really is a wonderful life
Happily, for him and for us, he soon comes to realise this, giving us the happy ending and the happy Christmas we've all been hoping for. But while we're enjoying this and other classic films with a tin of chocolates and a glass of something festive, it wouldn't hurt to take five minutes to just think about the contribution we make to our own lives and life as it is going on around us.
Too often we don't give ourselves enough credit for the roles we play and the input we have into making life better, easier or happier for those around us, at home or at work.
It might be cooking a turkey for 15 hungry family members for Christmas dinner, or it might simply be picking up some milk on the way home so that the children can have their hot chocolate at bedtime. It might be earning enough money to pay the mortgage, or it might be remembering to put the bins out.
At work, some of us will put together the business plan or pitch that wins the company a contract worth thousands, while some of us will have to remember to order the stationery.
But whether we're pitching for deals worth thousands, or replacing the toner cartridge in the printer, each one of us plays a part. We should never underestimate what we do and, more importantly, we should never underestimate what others do. Sweeping the floors might not carry the same weight as running the finance department, but we'd soon notice if it wasn't being done.
If we approach it with the right attitude, it can be a wonderful life. So this Christmas, let's take five minutes to pat ourselves on the back for a job well done, a turkey well cooked or a tree well decorated.
Yes, you and me both, George Bailey - life just wouldn't be the same without us!
Until next time ...
My writing career began under the bright lights of Gateshead in 1986 - who wouldn't love a job that offered the chance to listen to Gateshead Borough Council's Public Waste Committee debate the introduction of wheelie bins for three hours? It was the start of a working life that taught me what makes a good story and how to tell it and, although I don't have a news editor lurking ready to throw things at me any more, or so much of an interest in wheelie bins, my love of writing and a fascination with talking to people and telling their stories is as strong as ever.
Today I work for Business Times in Northampton and the Northants Evening Telegraph as well as providing copywriting services and press releases for a number of local companies.
When I'm not doing that, I indulge in the things I love most, which include, in no particular order: my teenage children, Sunderland football club, my husband, chocolate, QI, Chinese noodles, my closest friends, Test Match Special, red wine, reading in bed, The Sound of Music and growing vegetables.