One of the best ways to celebrate the holidays, and quarantine, is to hunker down on the sofa with some less-than-waistline-friendly (but oh-so-comforting!) snacks and watch classic holiday films. During this indulgent yet justifiable movie binge, viewers may well find themselves immersed in a nostalgic story set in the quaint little town of Bedford Falls, NY. I am, of course, referring to the classic Christmas film “It’s a Wonderful Life,” which follows the story of George Bailey, his family’s business, and a somewhat hapless guardian angel in search of his wings.
State National Executive Vice President Trace Ledbetter recently contributed an article published in CU Management highlighting the story of George Bailey and the ways in which the Bailey Bros. Building & Loan Association has uncanny parallels to credit unions and their mission. Especially now, the values of credit unions and like-minded organizations cannot be overstated.
His simple yet profound message is a must-read for credit union employees and members. Without giving too much away, the meaning can best be summarized by two key points in the article’s last paragraph: “It has been confirmed in study after study — people and organizations find the greatest joy and meaning in their work when they do good for others. That’s what credit unions are all about.”
Even through the most challenging of seasons, we can find purpose and joy in our work when we focus on doing good for our community and embrace the ripple effect of kindness.
Head to CU Management to read Trace Ledbetter’s “It’s A Wonderful Credit Union Life” for yourself — it may just inspire you to head to your couch with some tasty treats for a holiday film fest of your own!