I had lunch with Kolbi and James today.
Kolbi thinks I am nicer than I really am.
She thinks this because I like to help people as they come into the service and as they navigate things I have already experienced.
But really I do it because I am selfish. Profoundly selfish.
The Foreign Service is much more than a job. It is a lifestyle. And it is one where you become very good friends with the people you work with. One where you will become closer to more of your co-workers than any other career I can imagine. Even in the military, the community is so much larger than our tiny little service that I think one bad apple can't affect you they way they can in the Foreign Service. And you have more possibilities of a life separate from your co-workers than we do.
So I want to work with good people. Because I know those people will be part of every aspect of my life.
So I want to help good people join the service.
And I want to help good people stay in the service.
Being in the Service can be hard...navigating the bureaucracy can be maddening. And sometimes when you are in the middle of it, it seems like the Department has never gotten anyone to post and will never get you to post. But of course, they always do. So if I can pass on some of what I know to you and help keep you from getting frustrated and quitting (or worse, frustrated, bitter and staying, I win.