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

“Don’t be small with your life.”
– Bonnie Halwas-Lennartz

The above quote, by an advisor at the college where I work, was one that people remembered long after her passing. Sometimes it seems as if our lives are so small and do not matter at all, but it is such a mistake to think this way. The quote does not necessarily mean that one should spend their time thinking of ways to make a “big splash” by performing eccentrically or acting strangely.

Rather, it is meant as advice to never waste the time you have been gifted with, to make a difference right where you are–with a friend, parent, child, sibling, or co- worker. Never think of your life as small. Realize that your actions and words always make a difference in someone’s life–for good or for ill.

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.