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 2

Silver linings. The visual that jumps into my mind is one of a dark cloud that is looming and threatening to cause havoc as it unleashes its fury…yet all around the edges there is a bright sliver of light that appears to be silver in color. That sliver is, in fact, the sun shining brightly behind the cloud, peaking just beyond the cloud to give us the hope of a “silver lining”.

Notice how Anna recognizes the silver lining in her experience. As you do, are you recognizing yours?

“I had hoped to see my final term through July 7th as I am incredibly passionate about giving back, not just to my alma mater, but to a community that has gone above and beyond to support me, my dreams, my ambitions. Even through the tough times there has always been that extra calming west Texas hug that reminds me that no matter how this all ends, TTU and my colleagues taught me – my work is important, but it will never be the fulfillment or purpose we need to add value and true character to our own life. I guess we could refer to our relationships here as our very own silver lining.”

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Next time: Anna expresses her appreciation to Texas Tech

The handwritten note

To some degree the act of writing a note in our own hand is becoming a lost art. The use of email, texts, computer-generated letters, and even voice mail has slowly but surely replaced handwritten documents. I understand how speed and efficiency helps in our daily whirlwind of “getting stuff done”.

But, I also understand how much I value a handwritten note of thanks or sympathy or congratulations. There is something about the personality of such a note that simply cannot be captured in a mechanical message. There seems to be more warmth, sincerity, and…well, intimacy in a letter or note that has been penned rather than knocked out on a keyboard.

What does a handwritten message take? Time? Yes. Paper or cardstock? Yes. Envelope? Yes. Stamp? Yes. Trip to the mailbox? Yes.

What does a handwritten message give? You. What better gift to you have to give than that? And what better gift to receive from you than that?

Write someone a note today…just a few lines…no matter how small or messy or unreadable you may think your handwriting is. The recipient will treasure your words from your pen held in your hand.

Leadership lesson? Get personal. Write a note to a follower giving them your encouragement and gratitude.

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