“Christmas is so very personal in multiple ways; it is a central book mark in our lives. Bitter sweet is the flavor of the day but it is what we make of it that builds precious memories for the future. It is key that we embrace the good moments with the knowledge that we are living a future memory that will bring us great joy and happiness as we age and look back at this journey that we call life.
With that thought in mind, I share with you a personal building block of happiness that I was allowed to experience only last year as I played Santa Claus along with some very fine people to thousands of children in a rural town in south central China. It is an experience that none of us will ever forget as we passed out reflective safety wristbands and special hair clips to the small children of Nanba in 2015. We brought our culture and traditions to a closed nation that is steeped in traditions of their own, we only hope that we gave them a moment of entertainment, fun and insight. It truly was a highlight in all of our lives.
This passion and this love is what drives us forward with the advocacy. It is not just the glow of the heart knowing that it is the right thing to do but it is also the awareness that your efforts could and will forever change the future lives of not only the horses and burros but future generations of humans who will be able to experience their beauty and grace due to your efforts. That realization gives one not only great conviction but endearing warmth during this most special season.
It is my most sincere hope that you are living a very special memory that you shall cherish for the rest of your life.
Merry Christmas to you and yours, both 2 and 4 legged…we are so truly blessed.
Peace on.” ~ R.T.