Its been an interesting recent experience. My brother moved to USA for a while before he moves to Canada with his family. On one of the days during his stay in USA, he shared with us a weather update issued by the National Weather service about a “Severe Thunderstorm Warning”. The warning further explained the speed of the wind, the possible risks to Human life by lightening. People were advised to stay indoors and that too away from glass windows. And one statement particularly amazed me, “If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning”.

Back home, we were obviously concerned. The next day, I enquired about the Thunderstorm and my Brother said, “it was just heavy rain, nothing much”!

Wow! now after such an alert and warning of life risk situation, all you get is heavy rain. It was such a let down. And it did come with some enlightenment.

My relocation expert mind could connect various dots with this experience and find answers to some questions about the behaviour and the difference in expectation of the clients who we get to work with. Most of them coming from the developed nations are inherently different in perceiving and expecting. To an extent, these are not as much individual traits but are learnt behaviours.

Imagine the world view for someone who is born and brought up in a system where there is more than necessary information on each aspect of living; failure proof civic amenities in place; and least possible situations to experience ambiguity in their personal, social and professional lives.

And then, they come to a country where uncertainty is the way of life; where ambiguity brings the thrill and spice to lives; where we are more than OK to adapt and accept the rough edges and obscurity in all aspects of life; where our legacy and philosophy teaches us to accept the uncertainty of human life and every other thing humanly possible (including our systems as well).

For someone like me who is learning through this vast difference of scenarios and experiences actively and is observing from a distance the lives in transition, these situations would be sometimes funny and always educating. However, for them who are in the middle of this transition; who are learning through experiencing; this can be so overwhelming, testing, frustrating, tiring, exhilarating, depressing that anyone who is not in their shoes can not understand the gravity. That’s why it should not be difficult to have a compassionate view for each one of the expatriates who come to be a part of our country and its systems even if for a little time; even if they do not think highly of our country; even if you are caught in the whirlwind of their settling experiences.

Even for the one’s living the everyday change, it is hugely benefiting to be learning through these experiences of being out of your comfort zone and away from your expected landscapes.  

In the end my due apologies to the readers who might have expected some thundering write-up reading the headline. After all, its difference of perception!