Respite Reflections’ purpose is to help people push the “pause” button in their transition work — to take a break from the thinking, researching, networking and preparing for interviews.
Taking a moment to center yourself, ponder a positive thought, and focus on a broader perspective is invaluable during a time of transition.

Respite: A short interval of rest or relief

“Hope is the feeling we have
that the feeling we have is not permanent.”

– Mignon McLaughlin

It’s tempting to succumb to hopelessness when feeling the burdens of time, the overload of work and the weariness that goes along with both, yet hope itself is the antidote most needed. Old clichés possess wisdom – “one day at a time” may be the most one can commit to in the moment, but that commitment paves the way for greater achievements.

Sincere efforts are worthwhile, dedication does bring results, and keeping one’s eyes on the prize is purposeful and even necessary for lighting the way to a brighter tomorrow. The path can get bumpy, confusing, entangled and long but experiencing a feeling of accomplishment is priceless, which may simply be the accomplishment of keeping our spirit positive for just one more day.

Dr. Connie PoppDr. Connie Popp is a board member for The Center for Life Transitions as well as an active facilitator for the Center’s Life-SHIFT and Job Search Courage programs. She is also the Director of Campus Ministry at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Read more.