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

The planet does not need more successful people.
The planet desperately needs more peacemakers,
healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds.

– Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet

Everyone wishes to be successful.

The difficulty arises when our definition of success becomes too narrow. When our quest to succeed professionally overshadows all else, we might forget to be successful in our conversations with loved ones, or have a successful attitude while driving, or be successful in interactions with grocery clerks.

What a different world it would be if everyone were successful at making peace, or successful in healing relationships, or successful showing love even when tired and stressed.

That, indeed, would be a true success story.

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.