Wisdom for Life’s Transitions

  1. Most people do not resist change. What we resist is transition. Change is a situational shift. Transition, on the other hand, is the process of letting go of the way things used to be and then taking hold of the way they subsequently become. In between the letting go and the taking hold again, there is a chaotic but potentially creative “neutral zone” when things aren’t the old way, but aren’t really a new way yet either. William Bridges
  2. Confusion is a word we have invented for an order which is not yet understood. Henry Miller
  3. There is a time for departure, even when there’s no certain place to go. Tennessee Williams
  4. Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending. Anonymous
  5. The door into life generally opens behind us, and a hand is put forth which draws us in backwards. George MacDonald
  6. Every beginning is a consequence—every beginning ends something. Paul Valery
  7. It is not so much that we’re afraid of change or so in love with the old ways, but it’s that place in between that we fear…It’s like being in between trapezes.  It’s Linus when his blanket is in the dryer.  There’s nothing to hold on to. Marilyn Ferguson
  8. Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found. Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  9. Progress always involves risk; you can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first. Frederick Wilcox
  10. He who jumps into the void owes no explanation to those who stand and watch. Jean Luc Godard

2 Responses to Wisdom for Life’s Transitions

  1. denene says:

    Duane, These are great and so spot on for where I am in my life right now. I esp love #3 and #10.

  2. Duane Hallock says:

    Thanks, Denene,for your comment. Every one of us experiences many transitions during our lifetime. I’m fascinated by transitions because 1)I’ve never enjoyed them yet 2)I have always emerged as a stronger, wiser and better person. I will be writing subsequent posts about my own transitions and what I’ve learned from them.

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