Shaman for Expats? The Grasshopper!

What life force guides the expatriate?  From where does s/he draw wisdom?  I nominate the Grasshopper.

Wisdom of the Grasshopper/Locust:      • Jumps across space and time • Takes leaps of faith • Has ability to change careers quickly  • Leaps over obstacles • Jumps without knowing where it will land • Takes new leaps forward

Wisdom of the Grasshopper/Locust:     

• Jumps across space and time

• Takes leaps of faith

• Has ability to change careers quickly 

• Leaps over obstacles

• Jumps without knowing where it will land

• Takes new leaps forward

Alan Headbloom

Alan advises Americans how to be global citizens and expats how to fit in to Michigan culture without annoying their native coworkers and clients. He also tweets and blogs at the intersection of language and culture. Over decades, he's traveled, studied, or lived on six continents, putting strange foods into his mouth and emitting strange sounds from it. His use of English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Swedish, Hausa, and Japanese all improve with alcohol use. He gives invited public presentations on culture and unsolicited private advice on English grammar and usage; the latter isn't always appreciated. Visit his website for information on consulting, coaching, or speaking engagements.