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

“Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther
when the wheels are in perfect alignment,
you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions,
goals, and values are in balance.”

– Brian Tracy

How does one achieve a balanced lifestyle in the midst of work obligations and relationship responsibilities? Is it possible for anyone’s wheels to be properly aligned in this staggeringly busy world we live in? Has anyone – even you – requested recently that you relax more and do less?

And yet, if we do not take time for ourselves and engage in enjoyable activities – walking in nature, taking a nap, loving a pet, connecting with a friend or doing absolutely nothing at all – we are allowing an imbalance to take place in our lives. So often, it is in stopping and stalling that one actually discovers the energy to go faster and farther than if one pushes on full speed ahead.

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.