Gracias, Grazie, Merci, Спасибо: What am I thankful for in my expatriate life?

As the US prepares to celebrate one of its very important holidays — Thanksgiving — I too am thinking about what I am thankful for.  Especially since this year, as opposed to many other years, I actually get to spend Thanksgiving in the US and the mood of giving thanks is everywhere.

And so here is my list of what I am thankful for in my expatriate life:

  • I am thankful that I’ve been able to live in different countries and among other cultures;
  • I am thankful that as an expat I get to experience change — one of my big values — often and with a bang;
  • I am thankful for all the learning and new experiences I get when I move from place to place;
  • I am thankful for my family, which is the only constant in this process of perpetual moving;
  • I am thankful for the multitude of friends I have made and continue to make;
  • I am thankful for the social networking revolution that gives me a better chance to keep in touch with those friends;
  • I am thankful for the challenges I encounter because that’s what makes my experience fun.

This list can go on and on.  What about you?  What are you thankful for in your expatriate life?

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5 responses to “Gracias, Grazie, Merci, Спасибо: What am I thankful for in my expatriate life?

  1. globalcoachcenter

    More about how Thanksgiving is celebrated around the world you can read here:

    http://www.thanksgiving-day.org/thanksgiving-around-world.html

  2. What a lovely way to think about things!

    I am thankful that the many different experiences and challenges keep me humble and don’t allow me to become complacent and think I know everything.
    I am truly grateful for the many wonderful people I have met who have welcomed me so generously to their world.
    I am thankful for those precious moments when you smile at someone and realise that, underneath all the differences, there is a human being there who feels much the same as you.

  3. You put that so well and I agree with all that you have said and more. I am grateful for the new buisness opportunites that this has afforded me and the increased independance that we all share as a family.

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