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

“It’s not about what happens.
It’s about perspective.
I may not be able to change what takes place,
but I can always choose to change my thinking.”

– Michelle Sedas

At wonderfully hectic times of the year, emotions become heightened and, sometimes, the beautiful moments we’ve anticipated become nightmarish moments of stress and frustration. It is precisely at these moments we are offered the opportunity to grow the most.

Rather than lashing back at an unkind comment or hurtful action, responding with calmness and kindness is the wisest approach, even if all that means is simply remaining silent or walking away. It is extremely courageous, and remarkably rewarding, to offer a smile rather than sarcasm and a gentle remark rather than a goring jab.

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.