A tribute to William C. “Bill” Jamison

I didn’t have the privilege of knowing Mr. Jamison. Yet, I like him and didn’t ever have the opportunity to meet him. He came to me via his obituary in the paper this morning. His age isn’t stated, but since he was a member of the Fighting Aggie Class of ’61, I would guess him to be about 75 or so when he passed away. He was married to Marilyn for 54 years and has 4 children and 2 granddaughters, all of whom apparently adored him.

Why pay a tribute to Mr. Jamison here? Simply because of what the family requested in lieu of flowers. They asked, instead, for you to “send them (the flowers) to one you love or make a small gesture of kindness to someone who needs it.” Wow! What an unselfish gesture!

Someone who needs it.” Hhhmmm…now who could that be? How about the very next person you come in contact with. And the person after that. And the person after that.

After all, we all need small gestures of kindness. Maybe a few flowers too.

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The view is not always clear

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If you zoom in and look closely perhaps you can see the base of the cloud-covered Sierra Blanca mountain in New Mexico. From this view it is difficult to imagine a mountain being there at all. But whether you can see it or not, it’s there.

The mountain offers the laughter of families…mom’s, dad’s, and kids…as they ski or snowboard. It offers the beautiful view of the surrounding peaks. It holds the mystery of nature including cold and wind and sun and warmth all within the same day. It seems to call you as only creation can.

My sons and son-in-law answered the call this weekend and skied there together. And even though the mountain was shrouded in clouds when we left our cabin, it was there waiting for us when we arrived.

So it is with life. Sometimes it is shrouded in mystery and seems cold. Distant. Unfriendly. Perhaps unattainable. But we also know that life offers joy and beauty and laughter and friends and family.

Your life a bit cloudy right now? Stay with it. Don’t give up. The clouds will lift and the sun (and joy) will return soon.

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Solitude – Stillness – Silence

Here is one of the biggest favors you can do for yourself today.

Get alone; find a place of solitude…even if only for 9 minutes 59 seconds.

Be still; don’t move….even if only for 9 minutes 59 seconds.

Be quiet; don’t speak; keep silent…even if only for 9 minutes 59 seconds.

Surely you can find less than 10 minutes somewhere in your day to invest in mind-clearing!

See if you don’t have a sense of calm as the 10th minute is reached.

I hope you do.

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