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

Faithfully on your path.

“As we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”

– Marianne Williamson

Days get darker, temperatures drop, workloads increase, stamina ebbs and still we are told to let our light shine. During challenging days of seasonal change, schedule overload, stuffed noses and sore throats, we pray that someone will bring a little bit of light our way, never imagining that we ourselves may be the light someone is in need of.

Light often comes in small doses – a smile in an elevator, a card in the mail, an unexpected gift taped to a door, paying for the beverage of the person next in line, holding the door open for the person following you into the building. Simple gestures often reap grand results. Each one possesses the power to bring light into another’s life. Days may be getting darker but we don’t need to.

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.