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

“Happiness is not a station to arrive at,
but a manner of traveling.”
– Margaret Lee Runbeck

Happiness is more than a pleasant feeling aroused when good things are happening. More importantly, happiness can be a way to approach life, and people, and circumstances that enter our lives. We may not always feel like dancing in the streets but we can still feel gratitude for opportunities to do so, and for opportunities to learn and grow, even through difficult times.

Discoveries about others, and about ourselves, come in many shapes, sizes and forms and it is possible to achieve a certain gratitude for all of them, no matter how incongruous and challenging the situation appears at the moment.
– 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.