Finding time to traverse transitions is a constant in our lives. Whether you are in the northern hemisphere where autumn is arriving, or in the southern half of the globe and moving from winter to spring, you are in a time of transition as you read this post.
Transition times present both challenges and opportunities. With each transition comes the chance to reflect and to create a new beginning for yourself. You can consider what you might want to let go of as you move ahead. Or maybe there’s something new that you’d like to incorporate into your day. A transition point is a place of change.
But what if you want to keep something the same as you traverse a transition? Maybe you’ve had a routine, all summer, of getting outside for a run in the morning or the evening. As the season changes and the days shorten here in the north, that may become more difficult to do. Or maybe the start of school introduces new demands that squeeze your schedule and make helpful summer routines seem impossible as fall gets underway.
This is a time when it’s very important to remember that you always hold the power to choose. So try taking a step back and looking at your whole schedule. Ask yourself some basic questions:
- What is the impact of this transition on the routines you want to keep going for yourself?
- Are there things that you can flex to make sure that some parts of your routine can continue?
- Are there ways to accomplish the same activity but in a different way … going to a gym in the morning rather than running outside, for example?
For the first couple of weeks, as you are adjusting to your altered routine, try planning your schedule on paper, even if you don’t normally do that. Writing it all down will reinforce the choices you are making and will help you stick to your routine until it becomes familiar to you.
Times of transition can often throw us off track if we experience them as something that “happens to” us. But the more mindfully we approach transitions, the more likely we are to feel satisfied and empowered in our lives.
When you think of transitions as passages to be navigated, you tap into your power, wisdom and experience to make the most of these rich times.
© Copyright 2010 Paula Eder, Ph.D.