Advice for expats
I’ve tried to find out where the following ’10 Commandments for Expats’ originated, but cannot. Therefore, I share it here with gratitude to whoever originally posted it online so we can all enjoy and contemplate the great advice.
- Thou shalt not expect to find things as thou hast them at home for, verily, thou hadst left home to explore different things.
- Thou shalt not take anything too seriously, for a carefree mind is essential for a healthy body.
- Thou shalt not let other expats get upon thy nerves, for one or both of you art likely to be transferred soon anyway.
- Thou shalt refrain from acting exceedingly high and mighty, for thou art the same person thou wast before thou had a cleaning lady.
- Thou shalt not buy everything thou sees; thou already hast a houseful of things stored in thy home country.
- Thou shalt not sit and mope and feel unwanted or unskilled; there art many people who would be grateful for the donation of time and energy.
- Thou shalt not worry, for he who worrieth hath no pleasure – and few things are ever fatal.
- When in Rome, thou shalt be prepared to do somewhat as the Romans do.
- Thou shalt not judge the people of the country by the one person who hast given thee the most trouble.
- Remember that thou art a guest in a foreign land, and he who treateth his host with respect shall be honoured and might even receiveth an invitation to visit again.
And 3 more…
- Remember to take only half the clothes you think you need… and twice the amount of money.
- Remember thy passport so thou knowest where it is at all times… for a man without a passport is a man without a country.
- Remember if we are expected to stay in one place we would have been created with roots.
Hope these help! I really should take more notice of commandment number 5.
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