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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Anna Thomas Young – Entry 3

First, please visit this website and see for yourself the beauty and power of a mother’s love and the innocence and acceptance of children.

http://www.onlyimaginephotography.com/blog/anna-millie-hub-lubbock-texas-family-child-photographer/

As you read Anna’s words below “listen” to the gratitude she feels even in this season of difficulty. Now think…what do you have to be grateful for today? Hot water in the shower? French vanilla creamer for your coffee? A child that used a marks-a-lot on the wall…again? A car that had just enough fumes left in the tank to get you to the gas pump?

“I have received so much from an institution that genuinely cares deeply about you and me and works diligently to see that in this situation. I am so grateful that TTU could find a way to support my family and me while maintaining professionalism and compassion. Most universities cannot master these two paradoxical levels of accountability and trust. The university and administration have been nothing short of providing extreme encouragement. Your faith and support in me has helped me push through many days I’ve been ready to stop treatment and give up. Thank you for believing in me so I could believe in myself.

Please know, from the most humble part of my heart and soul, I am forever grateful for your support and willingness to take an ordinary human being and provide them -me- with the tools to make extraordinary changes through interacting with a phenomenal administration.

And now, thank you for being here to support me as I will be in isolation at MD Anderson (MDA) for 6-8 months. During this time, I will not be able to see my children face to face or hug their precious necks. The high dose Chemo will kill everything and thus the smallest germ or infection could kill me. So I know the physical pain will not be nearly as bad as the emptiness I will experience from not getting to read them stories, cuddle and just be an ordinary mom that gets messy in the sand fishing with the kids on the weekend. -ok ok ok we mostly practice casting given the rarity of water.”

We have SO much to be thankful for. Anna could complain and whine and say “why me?”. And, most likely from time to time, she does. I’ll bet she’s even grateful for the Grace that allows her to do that, too.

Next time we will learn of Anna’s determination as she faces odds that are stacked against her.

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July 18, 2014 – Gratitude

Reading suggestion: One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp.

Another suggestion: Start listing all the gifts of this life and the one to come you are grateful for. If you’re serious about it, the list will go on and on and on.

And on.

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For more information about Ann and her book, go to http://www.aholyexperience.com/one-thousand-gifts-book/