Transition. What does that word mean anyway? By itself it sounds almost calming and natural. The dictionary defines it as a passage from one position, stage, state or subject to another. Sounds simple doesn’t it? Like the flowers starting to bloom in the spring. Getting out your summer clothes and packing away your winter ones, in preparation for the warmer months. The transition of the seasons. A transition that is expected. One you can count on. One you prepare for.
Not exactly calming
I don’t know about you, but transitions for me have seemed neither calming nor natural. Nor have the big ones been planned or expected. Nope. In my dictionary, transition is defined as my life abruptly changing one day…and since it was unexpected I never happen to be wearing the right outfit. No gentle passage for me. Nope. It’s usually more like some wild plunge off a cliff with no clear destination in sight. No destination but a definite desire to avoid rock bottom. So I find myself asking again, is it possible to make it through this unexpected transition with grace and dignity? Is it possible for me to end up with something or somewhere better than the place, thing or situation I left?
Adventure’s in the journey
I know the final answer is yes. The journey to that yes is where the adventure lies. I know that because fourteen years ago, I made it through an unexpected divorce and ended up in a better place. More on that later. Now I am staring an unexpected job loss right in the face. Twenty years at one place and then in one day it’s done. Didn’t see that coming, either. Maybe I better get my eyes checked…..
Want to travel along?
In any event, I know it’s time for the transition journey again. Knowing is one thing. Doing is another. Frankly I’m worried and a little, OK, really scared. I need some help. I need companions to go on this journey with me. Who’s game? Companions on a journey always make the journey easier and definitely more fun. Who’s packed and ready to go with me? Let’s do this transition thing together. Mine is a new job. Yours could be a divorce or a move to a new city or something else. Exactly what it is doesn’t really matter. Instead, it’s how we move through it that makes all the difference. So let’s move together. Hop in!