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

“To get through the hardest journey
we need take only one step at a time,
but we must keep on stepping.”

– F Chinese Proverb

When frustrations mount, the hardest thing to do is keep stepping forward, especially when we are not quite sure which direction “forward” might be. Is it in front of us, or should we turn around and take a step back. Should we step laterally or jump over some obstacle before moving forward?

Whatever we decide to do, perhaps we just need to do it, rather than doing nothing. In some ways, it can truly be said that there are no mistakes to be made, only lessons to be learned. Although it is not advisable to act rashly without pondering consequences, likewise it is futile to become paralyzed with indecision. Possibly what the Chinese proverb says is that it is better to do something than nothing at all.
– 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.