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Saturday, November 6, 2010

The Clock is Ticking

I find myself in a strange situation. I'm sure many of you Foreign Service folks can relate to the situation which I'm about to describe.

I just moved here to DC two months ago, and now I'm leaving again in just over three months. Usually, when people move to a new place, they make an effort to get to know their neighbors and invest themselves in the community. But the fact that I know I'm leaving in three months has negatively affected my motivation to get to know people.

Obviously, I'm getting to know people that are in training with me. They're great, and we have a decent number of social activities to keep us entertained. But now that we've all kind of gone our separate ways and some of us will be leaving next month, those opportunities are diminishing.

It's a hard decision to make. I'm a very social person and an extrovert to the max. But I also know that friendships I make here (at least, non-FS friendships) will be essentially left behind in three months.

Is this bad logic? What do you think about the situation?

Until next time... peace


  1. Maybe this is a strange thought, but it's something to chew on:
    Jesus didn't let moving around stop him from hanging out with people. Some of the connections and relationships He had were only for a season, and others were for the rest of His lifetime (His disciples).
    And we're called to be like Him, eh?

  2. it's not about how long you have someone. it's about what you can do with the time you do have with them. be it long or short. i find some of the most influential people i meet i only know for a few moments, yet they still make an impact on me, and i can only assume it goes the other way.

    you can't stop being yourself. if you are social, be social.

    besides, you never know who you may run into in the future.... possibly in another country. and it's always good to know someone. especially a diplomat!

  3. Be social absolutely! By the time you get to your new assignment, you'll start making friends there and won't need to think back to this point.

    But keep in touch with friends you've made through things like Facebook or LinkedIn. That way if you ever need a favor at the Peruvian embassy, you know exactly who to contact! Or if your bored, you can catch up with old friends.