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

How do you react when feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled?

“The truth is that our finest moments
are most likely to occur when we are feeling
deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled.
For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort,
that we are likely to step out of our ruts and
start searching for different ways or truer answers.”

– M. Scott Peck, author The Road Less Travelled

The “good news” is that uncomfortable feelings often lead us in new directions, seeking resources we may not have sought out had necessity not propelled us in a new direction. We do not have to seek these uncomfortable or disheartening moments–it seems they just come our way naturally every now and then.

When they do come, however, what we can do is change our reaction to them. Welcome the discomfort, embrace the challenge and ask, “What new lesson am I being asked to learn from this experience and how will it help me grow into the magnificent human being I am meant to be?”

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.