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 world is all gates, all opportunities,
strings of tension waiting to be struck.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

It might be difficult to view an ominous deadline looming on the horizon as an opportunity but, in reality, everything could be looked on as an opportunity. Each task, each assignment, each responsibility we have been given, affords us the opportunity to grow by learning something about ourselves, whether that is through what we sometimes call success, or what we often refer to as failure. If there were no dichotomy between the words success and failure, could we simply look at each experience encountered as an opportunity, a gateway leading us home…to our truest self.
– Connie Popp

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.