Transition is different from change, and while any change can be challenging, it’s the transition that can do us in.
Change is moving from one home to another. Transition is the process of packing up one house and moving in to another.
Change is taking a new job. Transition is letting go of previous expectations, processes, and dynamics, and getting a grip on the new ones.
Change is retiring from a meaningful career. Transition is finding meaning in new places.
Change is getting your first bike. Transition is learning how to ride it.
Change is getting married. Transition is learning how to build a life together.
Change is losing a loved one. Transition is learning to live without them.
Change is having a baby. Transition is bringing a new little human home from the hospital.
Change is going on vacation. Transition is stepping back into everyday life.
Anyway you cut it, transitions of any kind, even small ones, can be challenging, and are best navigated with as much ease, space, and grace as we can infuse into the process. For for ourselves, and those around us.
Enter in to times of transition with care. Know that you will regain your rhythm, or discover a new one.
Allow yourself margins. Build in time to acclimate to the situation.
Take it easy on yourself and others. Period.
Change is one thing. Transition is the bridge from here to there.