For me life as a Western Christian was bound up in the Anglican Church and all that this meant - theological diversity to the extreme, Anglo-Catholicism (bells and smells) vs. evangelical Protestantism. It meant a mindset thoroughly infected by the Reformation, the Enlightenment and the slide of western society into essentially neo-atheistic indifference to God and at worst arrogant rejection of the Church.
For me Eastern Orthodoxy constitutes an oasis of Christian presence in an ocean of decay and atrophy. Like Prince Vladimir, the Liturgy of the Byzantine-rite is incomparable in elevating the soul towards God, in a way that even a traditional Church of England high mass could not. That doesn't mean I don't love English Anglican cathedral music. It is sublime. The Eastern liturgy takes one from the world to God. An eastern Orthodox church is a true temple of God.
So the Byzantine rite makes us both other-worldly and as Orthodox Christians we are in a commonwealth of believers, a community whose very purpose is to recall humanity to Jesus Christ. St. John of Shanghai said that the Russian diaspora was the will of God for the spread of Orthodoxy. That has been echoed in other diaspora. It is an irony. Russian Australians and Russian Americans converting Americans and Australians - maybe that makes us Australian or American Russians? Seriously, while we live Orthodox life in national jurisdictions, I feel a trans-nationalism, a sense that as Orthodox Christians we are above nationality because we are a spiritual community, whether Russian or Anglo, Greek or Arab, black or white...male or female.
I know that some get this sense of Orthodoxy in the Western-rite. For me though like Prince Vladimir who found non-Orthodox worship at best banal, it is as one person once said to me "champagne vs. beer". There is a completeness, a richness, the knowledge that saints have persisted in Byzantine Orthodoxy into this century, and that the Apostolic Faith of Orthodoxy has remained intact, the same and despite the falling of the Western Orthodox Church - the Patriarchate of the West, the Latin Church into the Roman and subsequent heterodox bodies, Orthodoxy is the true Church of Jesus Christ.