In the 1946 classic movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, there is a poignant moment when Angel Clarence shares a characteristic of George Bailey – the protagonist, who gave up on his dreams to carry the burden of his family and society.
“George can’t resist helping others”
When during a moment of desperation, George decides to end his life, Clarence, the Angel, appears in human form and pretends to drown. Seeing another person in despair, George postpones his plan. Narrating his bad luck and wishing that he never existed, Bailey is shown an alternate universe where his kind action is absent and the cascading effect it has on his family, and the people of Bedford Falls.
Now you don’t have to be as righteous as the protagonist to earn a recommendation letter but if we must capture why Recommendation letter in one sentence, it is to:
“Evaluate how you have made the world better for your colleagues, supervisors, clients and the larger community”