Everyone loves the Frank Capra movie “It’s a Wonderful Life.” According to Wikipedia, it’s “one of the most loved films in American cinema.” Generally viewed during the holiday season, I’m a sucker for the movie at any time of year and lately I’ve been thinking about the scene where young George Bailey goes into old man Gower’s store and makes a wish while pressing on the cigar lighter.
I think about money a lot. In spite of the many provocative things Jesus Christ taught about money, I still get twisted around the axle, worrying about it. There must be more money, money, money. Not a miserly worry, like I’m old man Potter stacking up silver coins in a windowless room somewhere, but just a general worry of whether there will be enough money for today, what I should do with the money I have, and what I could do with any excess there might be. I struggle with the things Jesus said about “worry” too.
Worried about taxes, I went to a meeting here in town the other night. The town “fathers” and “mothers” want to build a new track and the estimated cost is $350,000. (They would also like to build a new gymnasium, but the cost of that project is outside the scope of my “million dollar pillow talk” project.) I started thinking about George Bailey and his cigar lighter wish and I thought “if I had a million dollars, I could build the track for the town.” Not only is there an apparent potential for world-class running events to be held at this new track, its promoters say it will benefit the whole community. Yep, everyone in town will be going to the track.
Would it be called “The Julie-Ann Baumer All Weather Running Track?”
I don’t know if I’ve ever blogged about it, but I lettered in track and field for four years and was co-captain of the team my senior year. I wasn’t a runner. I did field events, mostly the shot put and the discus and the best part of it all was being outside in the sun, waiting for the school year to end. It didn’t change my life and I didn’t do anything with it after high school. But if I had a million dollars, I might consider spending less than half of it on a new track for the community.
What would you do if you had a million dollars?