Understanding 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
  11. The world fears a new experience more than it fears anything.  Because a new experience displaces so many old experiences…The world doesn’t fear a new idea.  It can pigeon-hole any idea.  But it can’t pigeon-hole a real new experience. D.H. Lawrence
  12. Every path to a new understanding begins in confusion. Mason Cooley
  13. The middle of every successful project looks like a disaster. Rosabeth Moss Cantor
  14. When things reach maturity, they decay of themselves. Lao Tzu
  15. Life does not accommodate you, it shatters you…Every seed destroys its container or else there would be no fruition. Florida Scott-Maxwell
  16. To understand things we must have been once in them and then have come out of them; so that first there must be captivity and then deliverance, illusion followed by disillusion, enthusiasm by disappointment. He who is still under the spell and he who has never felt the spell are equally incompetent. Henri Frédéric Amiel
  17. I began to have an idea of my life, not as the slow shaping of achievement to fit my preconceived purposes, but as the gradual discovery and growth of a purpose which I did not know. Johanna Field
  18. There are no signposts in the sea. Vita Sackville-West
  19. It’s a paradox:  To achieve continuity, we have to be willing to change. Change is, in fact, the only way to protect whatever exists. William Bridges
  20. He who lacks time to mourn, lacks time to mend. William Shakespeare
  21. To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring. George Santayana
  22. Great is the art of beginning, but greater the art of ending. Henry Wadsworth Longellow
  23. When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. Lao Tzu
  24. One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. Andre Gide
  25. Every exit is an entry somewhere else. Tom Stoppard
  26. Instead of seeing the rug being pulled from under us, we can learn to dance on a shifting carpet. Thomas Crum
  27. There will always be crazy times. So stop thinking about how crazy the times are, and start thinking about what the crazy times demand. Seth Godin
  28. If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less. Eric Shinseki
  29. Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
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3 Responses to Understanding Life’s Transitions

  1. I love # 9 and #26! Here’s another for you:

    Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
    ~ Emerson

  2. Duane Hallock says:

    I love that quote, Kenyon. Thanks for sharing it. I had not seen it before, but I’m going back into the list of quotes and adding my newest favorite quote. Again, thanks.

  3. […] Duane’s Dartboard […]

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