By: Brenda James
Managing Director of Clayton Services, a leading staffing company located in Houston, Texas
I’ve spent the last week nursing a veil of sadness that seems that have taken up residence for a period. It took me some time to trace its roots to the death of Barbara Bush. As I get older these deaths hit me a little harder, the deaths of people and icons that have made up our history. I’m finding it a little challenging to identify with the characters of today that I might look up to and be inspired by. I met Barbara Bush twice in my life, both for very brief moments, more photo ops, really, but even if I hadn’t met her, her life and her death would still resonate with me.
Here in Texas and especially in Houston, losing Barbara Bush feels like we are losing one of our own family. Her life and death force us all to take a moment to reflect on our own lives and our mortality. Her life reminds us of all that we can be. She exampled love and loyalty, humor mixed with grit, perseverance, commitment, and genuineness of spirit.
If you’ve lost a parent, grandparent or spouse, you understand that loss and grieve with President Bush and the family. As a Christian, I was inspired by Mrs. Bush’s assurance that she did not fear death and was looking forward to it. I believe that to be absent from the body is to be present with Christ and can only imagine the glorious reunion that Mrs. Bush is experiencing as she arrives home.
We are also strengthened by the family’s faith but can’t help empathizing with the hole left in their hearts as she was a light and anchor for them. From experience we know that time will help fortify them but more than that the lessons and legacy she leaves behind is imbued in them and hopefully in us. A legacy of faith in Christ Jesus, love, humor, true to self, dedication to family and friends, and conviction to live our lives with intention and service to others.
One of President Bush’s legacies is a dream that we all become 1,000 points of light. Barbara Bush was one of those lights and I ask that we all take a moment to reflect and pray for guidance on how we can shine a little of that light in our lives. Pick up a book and volunteer to read to a child or a senior or someone struggling with reading in her honor, because we all have an obligation to make our world a better place. Godspeed Mrs. Bush. We will miss you.
Clayton Services, a leading staffing agency, has been serving the greater Houston area since 1984.