One night this past weekend I was awake well past my normal bedtime and heard an episode of radio’s rendition of “The Twilight Zone.” It made a simple point I want to share with you because it may have an impact on your survival now and in the future.
The story was a quirky twist on the holiday classic movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” A sweet, friendly, and rather ditzy girl named Agnes Grep couldn’t keep a job and wasn’t happy. For example, she couldn’t catch on to the duties of being an usherette at a theater.
On the other hand, she was well liked by people in her apartment complex and was known as Aunt Aggie to the children. She played with them and gave them candy. One lady would ask her about the correct recipe for making potato pancakes.. She spoke every morning to a neighbor as he picked up his newspaper.
An angel named Calendar was sent for a span of 24 hours to do something to make her happy. Like Agnes, he wasn’t too competent and blundered his way through his assignment. He mistakenly thought Agnes needed to be independently wealthy and live in a
However, Agnes was not happy being the center attraction at a party for the upper class and didn’t want the clothes closet, which was bigger than her apartment. The next morning she went back to her old digs, and, you guessed it, nobody recognized her.
Agnes and the angel had another little talk. All she wanted was to have things back the way they were. She just wanted to have friends again. The angel, who was about to be punished for messing things up, got his wings after all, even though he didn’t really deserve them. That’s because Agnes was happy. And you just knew when the story was over that she’d muddle through somehow. She was going to be all right..
Perhaps both Agnes and the angel learned a lesson about the value of friendship. I’m not talking about the rare kind of friendship you have in a confidant, though that’s very important, too. Maybe a better description is acquaintances with whom you can be neighborly. You do things for each other, and it’s simply part of getting along with one another in the world.
How do you get along with your neighbors? Do you know them? Are there neighborly acquaintances at work, school, or church? Are there those with whom you can trade small favors? How well do you make new friends? Could you reach out to others both now and in time of calamity?
By the way, I’m rather antisocial by nature. I’m definitely not the “people” person my wife is. So I’m not suggesting dropping your guard instantly the minute someone takes the slightest interest in you. After all, there are plenty of opportunists and con artists out there waiting to take advantage of you and me.
Nonetheless, can we learn from the example of Agnes? Can we be happy with few possessions? Can we be happy in the midst of instability? Do we have friends and neighbors we can share with who will help us make it through? Will we be there to help them make it through?
A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. – Proverbs 18:24, King James Bible