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

“If we don’t change, we don’t grow.
If we don’t grow, we are not really living.
Growth demands a temporary surrender of security.”

– Gail Sheehy

When we are feeling particularly insecure, it might be comforting to note that we are probably growing in that moment. Growth, by its very nature, implies that changes are taking place. Hopefully these are positive changes, yet even the most positive of changes can cause an unsettled feeling because safety and security are quite comforting.

Although it may be hard to equate insecurity with growth, it could be a great way to face forward into 2014 with a positive and hopeful outlook, confident that the various changes being encountered are helping us grow in ways never imagined, ways that might only be appreciated in future encounters.
– 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.