“It’s a Wonderful Life” is my favorite Christmas movie. In fact, “It’s a Wonderful Life” is my favorite movie period. Not because it is full of holiday cheer, it is not. The 1947 film’s focus is on an attempted suicide. The grainy black and white photography perfectly fits the mood. (The colorized version is an abomination!) The inebriated George Bailey is about to throw himself off a bridge. But before he plunges in, the Angel Clarence beats him to it.
Someone is about to be rescued. Someone is about to sprout wings.
Clarence walks George backwards through his life. Through all the light and all the dark and all the gray, through all the crap and all the joy, through all his years — and it still turns out to be a wonderful life.
“The glory of God is a human being full alive!” – St. Irenaeus, 4th C.
When I was 40, I would have told you that 60 was old.
Now that I am 60, sixty is the new forty. No, let me rephrase that. Sixty is better than that. 60 is like being two rocking 30 year olds. (Within reason, of course!)
And now I am on the verge of turning 61. On February 28th, I turn 61-derful!
Cosmically speaking SpaceTime can stretch; SpaceTime can contract. But the arrow of time travels in only one direction. With each passing year, we grow older. With each passing year, we dig deeper. With each passing year, we live larger. With each passing year, we become who God created us to be.
I no longer see the world through rose colored glasses. I see the world through progressive lenses – beautiful, breathtaking, heart breaking, and bittersweet. In six decades my life has progressed and regressed and progressed again in O’ so many ways.
Let me count them down. Listed below are touchstones, milestones, and millstones (with a little parenthetical commentary!). All linked and connected — for better and for worse — throughout my 61-derful years.
2004, Saint In-Between
1999. Emerald Isle Sabbatical
1997. AT&T Wired Wirelessly!
1996. WHFStival (Rock on!)
1981. Computer Learning Center (No link to be found!)
1972. William, the boy next door, 5/19/1972