Life in all its forms has a rhythm. It is predictable that spring follows winter. Yet every year I hear people fascinated by the sudden changes in weather and the beauty of the long-awaited colors of the spring flowers. It is expected. It is dependable. It is predictable. Its complexity is beyond us. It signals changes in our activities, and for many our demeanor. It is a common experience we all share and appreciate.

Human beings were built to live life in rhythm with our environments. When we move away from an environment we know, it takes a while to find our balance. The distance can be ethnic, generational, cultural, religious, or geographic. If we move far enough away, we can experience culture shock. That means we must learn new ways of thinking and communicating, because those around us do not read the world in quite the same way.

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