Introduction to my posts: Transitions
Our lives are constantly challenged by transitions and many – if well negotiated – lead to major transformation in our lives.
I’ll begin with transitions: what are they? When do they happen?
Other than toilet training, which few of us can remember in any detail, perhaps our first transition is first grade when the real discipline of acquiring knowledge is imposed on the curious small mind that would rather not be confined to one room and one desk. Well, that has changed in schools today, but whatever the new arrangement of the classroom may be, that small, curious mind is transitioning to the long, long road leading to its adult being.
First jobs, marriage, first child, all the compromises and changes required by the multiverse of family life are transitions that happen as quickly as the pace of life accelerates. Patterns of living emerge without a lot of time to consider all the consequences. Perhaps the first time a transition interrupts the pattern and high speed flow of your life is a divorce . . . an empty nest . . . retirement . . . or the death of a spouse.
These are major transitions and transformations. The following musings’ on transitions are intended to be amusing and thoughtful, a semi-serious guide to mindfulness for our lives today.