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Until today, I had never heard the name Jim Gilliam, and as I sit today in a quiet place during a warm San Francisco afternoon, I feel honored to know him better through this recent . . . well speech isn't quite right, personal revelation sounds cheesy, but I feel privleged to know there are people in the world who fight to survive, stay positive and use their experiences to be stronger and be prompted to give something back to the world.
In my growing up years, I was surrounded by family members who chose to remain victims of less than perfect circumstances. You know the ones, "I can't do XX, or I DO XXX because of what happened to me when (fill in the painful / heart rending circumstances) - it isn't my fault!
Crap, pure, total and complete crap.
It was then, is now and listening to Jim Gilliam's story reminds me we always have choices, and we have them every single second of our lives and inspires me to remember that for myself as well.