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

What gift do you possess that helps you make sense out of life?

“Everyone has the power of greatness.
Not for fame, but for greatness.
Because greatness is determined by service.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

As we contemplate uncertainty, we realize that uncertainty is shared by many around the world. Perhaps we are always living in uncertain times but simply do not recognize it. There is much that remains unsettled, from job layoffs to international economics, creating a time of crisis for many.

It is said that two Chinese symbols are used to express the one word “crisis” – one symbol meaning “danger” and the other “opportunity.” A dangerous element exists in every crisis, but there is also an opportunity – an opportunity to grow, to see things from a new perspective, to reach out and help others even in the midst of needing help ourselves. In this endeavor, everyone has the power to achieve greatness.

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.