What does transition mean? defines it as “movement, passage or change from one position, state, stage, subject, concept, etc., to another; change.”  It seems to me, whether we like it or not, we are all constantly in transition.  We transition from parents of toddlers, to parents of teenagers, to parents of young adults, with all the steps in between.  Our relationships to our parents transition just as our relationships to our children do.  We transition from one job to another; from one mindset to another; from one age to another.  Sometimes we choose to transition, and sometimes we are forced into a transition that we would not necessarily have chosen.

Even when we choose a transition, it’s not always easy to get through.  When a transition is thrust upon us, it can feel near impossible to get through.  My way through transitions I don’t like has often been to try to ignore them – wait them out and see if they will go away.  Just for the record, I don’t think I can say it ever worked.  I have been trying a different way lately.  I am trying to meet them head on and look for the upside.  I have found that most transitions have had an upside in there somewhere.  Some are easy to find, but some I never do seem to discover.  But sometimes it is enough to just look for one.

This approach doesn’t always work for me, but so far it seems to work a little more often than it doesn’t work.  So what works for you?  How do you get through your transitions?  I’d love to hear what works for other people, please share if you are so inclined.

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