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

“When you do things from your soul,
you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”

– Jalaluddin Rumi

One’s soul or spirit – the essence of a person – expresses itself no matter where one is, who one is with or what activity one is engaged in. This essence of “soul” is always available and always good, which is why it invariably brings about joy when one acts from this place. Remembering this element of “soul” as we go about our daily routines, can help us realize that even in the most mundane of activities, joy can still be found.

A friend once told me about a time when she and her husband were experiencing a deeply troubling time. A job had been lost, bills were overdue and foreclosure loomed on the horizon. That night, lying in bed, her husband casually commented, “By the way, did I tell you we got a bill from the city for $500.00 to replace the front sidewalk.” The timing of the notice plus the fact that if they had any money at all, it certainly would not be spent on a new sidewalk caused her to laugh out loud and, together they soon found themselves convulsed in laughter. The joy they discovered that night, in the midst of misery, acted as the pathway that brought them through to the other side of their challenges.
– Connie Popp

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.