Remember that farewell scene from The Sound of Music? listen
And how about that beautiful song about leaving by Leonard Cohen?
Our lives are definitely filled with goodbyes.
We bid adieu to:
Teachers, friends, family members, lovers, and the places that make up our changing realities…
Think about it.
Each of these goodbyes is actually a transition.
Check out this definition: tran·si·tion/tranˈziSH(ə)n,tranˈsiSH(ə)n/
Noun the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another…
Transitions are difficult for humans! We have no guarantees of what we will find on the other side of change.
We fear that whatever it is might be worse than what we are leaving.
Often when we are the one choosing to leave we worry about those we are 'deserting' and how they will react.
Unfortunately, we learn how to handle this on-going and important life process mostly by trial and error!
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MAKING IT THROUGH THE PORTAL OF CHANGE
Think about some of the early changes that occurred in your life.
A new sibling?
A family move?
Changing from one grade to another, a new school?
How did your parents help you deal with these changes?
Looking back on it now, what did you have to say 'goodbye' to, in order to take a next step in your life?
What feelings went along with the changes?
Once you made it to the new reality, how did you deal with any sense of loss?
How do you think these early 'goodbyes' affected the way you leave people and places today?
Are you still using the same model for moving through transitions that you learned as a youngster, or have you learned a new, perhaps healthier, way of leaving?
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