Transition In Life

“It is, of course, a trite observation to say that we live “in a period of transition.” Many people have said this at many times. Adam may well have made the remark to Eve on leaving the Garden of Eden.” ~ Harold MacMillan …

We have been, currently are, and will always be in a period of transition in our lives. The mere definition of being alive prescribes that we undergo vast amounts of change–physically, intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally. The infinite number of biological and molecular changes at the atomic level within our bodies is unending. The same applies to the multitudes of emotions we experience every day–some of which are complete opposites. Even when we do not wish to learn, we are observing, gathering, analyzing, and growing. And for many of us, it is difficult to keep this truth in perspective.

A part of me finds it a bit odd to view my experience on this Earth as a “period of transition,” as a whole and as individual moments. Perhaps that is because I am drawn towards stability–I seek to create an environment around me that is solid and secure. And although I desire stability in all areas of my life, there is always a lot of transition that I have to deal with that is outside of my control–the death of a loved one, emotional issues that someone close to me is dealing with that affect me, health issues that may crop up out of the blue. No matter how things appear from the outside, we can be sure that we are going through transition. Even our society experiences constant transitions–in attitudes, in what is considered socially acceptable and what is not, and in political and ideological trends.

From the microscopic, to the macroscopic, to the metaphysical… transitions are happening all around us. What can we learn from them? How can we use them to bring about positive growth and understanding in our lives and the lives of those around us? How can we allow their presence to effectuate a peaceful acceptance and certainty in life that might assure us that the changes we experience in life will not overwhelm us?

Increase your understanding of some of the transitions you are going through in your life.

Questions to consider:

What are some of the transitions you are facing at this moment of your life? How aware of them are you throughout the day?

What are some of the difficulties we face when trying to recognize the societal and personal transitions in our lives?

How might you help others to deal with transitions in their lives?

For further thought:

“Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are the dead.” ~ Aldous Huxley, Do What You Will

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