10 things I know to be true – reflections after 7 years living abroad

August 28, 2012

I started this list a while ago, in response to a post a saw on the TED.com conversations webpage.   I decided to finally publish it since it seems to have withstood the test of time (10 months in queue).  It is a great reminder of what I have taken away from our 7 years as an expatriate family, especially as we start our 8th year!   The list is in no particular order.

1.  The life you are living is better than no life at all.

2.  An open mind leads to many great experiences.

3.  Collecting experiences is more important than collecting things.

4.  Unconditional love is the greatest gift a child gives a parent.  It is also the most important gift a parent can give their child.

5.  Trying new things is one way to avoid boredom.

6.  Busy-ness is not the same as having a fulfilling life.

7.  Taking the road less traveled is often the more interesting path.

8.  We are more similar to each other than different.

9.  The “Golden Rule” withstands the test of time.

10. Life is too short to surround yourself with negativity.

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4 Responses to “10 things I know to be true – reflections after 7 years living abroad”

  1. Beautiful list. May I add also that a home is more than having a roof over your head, it’s where you find comfort, happiness and fulfillment.

  2. Number 6 is especially relevant this time of year, when school kicks us into high gear!

  3. I agree with all the points you’ve listed. Thanks for posting this!

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