Good bye and good luck

The end of a mission means writing a report of what you did and what’s left to do. But it’s also a time when I do my own self-assessment, and as before, I find I’ve gained skills outside my job description. I can catch mice with an old fashioned mouse trap (use peanuts); I’ll use the radio alphabet when spelling my last name on the phone (alpha, lima, tango, hotel, Oscar, Mike…); the key to lighting a gas heater is to strike the match BEFORE turning on the gas; I can read Russian!

Again I feel myself changed. I’m even more appreciative of small things (water pressure!), but perhaps have less tolerance for BS. I’ve been given loads of opportunities to practice patience, and I’m getting better at it. I still believe in a better world, but I’m becoming more realistic about how to get there, and how long it may take. One thing’s for certain, we can definitely go further – together.

3 Responses to “Good bye and good luck”

  1. sharm Says:

    As always, you provide a refreshing and thoughtful perspective. Look forward to having you back!

  2. DM Says:


    I am a medical student from Canada and I agree with you that this world can only be changed if we stand as one. There is over 150 nations on this planet, but there is only one nation of man. This nation is still young and made mistakes in the past, but it has learned from it and is moving forward. For example, in fifties years the africo-americans segregation was replaced by a black president, I have my own ideas on the matter but I was wondering with did you mean by becoming more realistic ?

    Thank you

  3. Tungsten Carbide : Says:

    gas heaters are great but due to the rising prices of petroleum, perhaps an electric heater might be a cheaper option.,: