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 for the moment.
There are times when it is hard to believe in the future,
when we are temporarily just not brave enough.
When this happens, concentrate on the present…
Sink roots into the present until the strength grows
to think about tomorrow.”

– Ardis Whitman

When a new phase of life begins, there is excitement knowing that an adventure is about to take place. But there can also be trepidation entering the unknown. When we are anxious or fearful, it is a good idea to stand still for a moment – “breathe” – and revel in the knowledge that life is a gift. Focusing on our breath acts as a reminder to live in the present moment and remember the hopes and dreams that led us to embark on this phase of life’s great adventure. Appreciating the present leads to a tomorrow blessed with joy.

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.