Wednesday, August 02, 2006
To live in the Foreign Service is to live a life of constant comparisons: 'At my LAST post I had a MUCH nicer apartment'; 'In CAMBODIA, people were MUCH friendlier'; 'When I was at this mission BEFORE, the work wasn't NEARLY so stressful', and so forth. Even now on my TDY in Tokyo I find myself walking around my borrowed compound unit thinking, 'In OSAKA the units are laid out MUCH more sensibly.' It's funny how comparisons invariably result in your present situation coming out on the losing side. In the military, the conventional wisdom is 'Home is always the place you just left.' I'm not sure how you break that tendency and learn to really appreciate the moment you're in (but of course, in the MILITARY they deal with the problem MUCH better than we do...).
Posted by Katie at 12:51 PM