Transitions. I am a professional who teaches others about them.
Transitions. I am certified in William Bridges’ transition model.
Transitions…mind benders for sure, though I have not seen mind+bender associated in any literature to describe transitions.
For me, 2014 was a year of transition. Our youngest daughter and I were counting the number of people close to us that we lost: 14. 2014 was filled with move-outs, move-ins and relocations. Transitions – the kind where you step up and do what you don’t want to do – put your precious mother into nursing home care because it is what is needed, not what is wanted. Transitions – when you watch your spouse and his business partner sell a business that they started three-plus decades ago and decide that it’s time to move on.
I thought I knew quite a bit about this thing called transition, though I must say I have found myself wondering if I really know much at all. Teaching is one thing; experiencing yet another. Facts are one thing; emotions quite another. Transition -- it seems so much easier to talk about it than to live it and breathe it. And while my word for 2014 was equanimity, in hindsight, perhaps “transitions” would have been a more accurate word choice to represent the year. As this New Year gets underway, the word “resilience” is lingering here with me. Though that is not the one word I chose for 2015, it is a solid word. Maybe it will be my back-up word just in case my present pick doesn’t work out or something. Or maybe you will like the word resilience enough to choose it as your one word for the year.
In 2015, I wish you enough resilience to carry you through the transitions of life, sprinkled with a heap of halcyon and a dash of equanimity as you find your way forward.
Wishing you good health, peace, happiness, and prosperity in 2015.