Transitions bring with them the paradox of opportunity and danger––opportunity for change, and apprehension and uncertainty regarding the future. The sooner we begin to expand our thinking, focusing on specific kinds of opportunity and how these can be achieved, and how perceived dangers can be minimized, the more quickly our sense of competency and confidence returns.
In summary, six key facts help us deal with transitions:
Remember: When we go through a transition, we can become very subjective and sensitive, and may misinterpret others’ words and behavior. In the same way that we need to be patient with ourselves, we also need consciously to extend patience and presume good will on the part of people around us.
Note: Probably the best information on transitions can be found in the book of Psalms and in the hymnbook! However, Transitions by William Bridges is also useful and helpful.
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