Watercolor Painting

A Christmas Message of Thanks

xmas greetings

During Christmas we give good wishes for people we care and love.  We send Christmas wishes messages through email, text or Christmas card and or by giving gifts.  We wish them peace, love and happiness this Christmas and more blessings for the coming year.

This year I have so many things to thank for.  I received many blessings and met new friends during my travels.  I received so much love and support during my hardship in my last deployment including from my wordpress community.  Since Christmas is celebrated at the end of the year, I think that this is the perfect time to say thank you too to all those people who have touched our lives this year.

So instead of the usual Christmas greetings and wishes, I would like to thank everyone who have supported me and accompanied me in my journey this year.  To my colleagues in South Sudan particularly the local staff and my team, it was a pleasure working with you all.  Thank you for taking care of me at the camp and for your generosity and warm welcome. It was a humbling experience to have served your country and to have contributed to the peace and development of the newest country in the world.

To my family and friends all over the world who have continuously supported me when I was living in hardship condition in the second most difficult place to live on earth…..thank  you, your messages of concern have lifted my spirit and have comforted me in many ways.

Lastly, to my loyal followers and blog visitors, thank you for still being there despite of my long absence in the blogging community.   Now I am more than inspired to post and share more adventures and gasm travels in the coming new year!

Thanking all those who have helped and supported me this year is what for me the true meaning of Christmas.  How about you? Have you found the genuine meaning of this joyful celebration?

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Image attached is a painting I did for a friend.  I attended this Christmas party and took a photo of Santa with my friend’s cute daughter.  I then painted it using watercolor.  So yes, another passion of mine aside from travel and photography is painting.  If you want to see more of my paintings, I have recently featured a few in one of my posts, Letting Go.

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On Letting Go……..

A watercolor painting I made of the sunset in Maun, Botswana.  © Susan Detera Paintings

A watercolor painting I made of the sunset in Maun, Botswana. © Susan Detera Paintings

Travel Quote of the Week:  People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.  When you figure out which it is, you know exactly what to do.  (Author unknown)

This quote was an excerpt from the poem ‘The Reason, A Season, and A Lifetime’ a personal favorite of mine.

When someone walks away and leaves us behind (either a friend, an acquaintance or a loved one) we always end up asking the question Why especially if there is no fight, no argument, no other reason we can think of as to why they left without saying goodbye.  Moving on is often not easy as we are always left with the thought of the ‘WHYs’ and the ‘IFs’ eventually leading to self blame and or self destruction.

When I came across this poem, somehow, it helped me understand the ‘WHYs’….it somehow made me stop thinking of the ‘IFs’.

This poem helps us understand why people, friends and loved ones included, come and go and that why you have to let go and move on.

But what if, this time, you are the one who has to leave someone behind?   Do you still wonder why?

Today, I am sharing something very personal.  It is still very fresh so bear with me for I am going through a different ‘gasm’ journey, another diversion to the long winding road ahead of me.

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