In life and in the pursuit of success, we need to be properly prepared for the changes that are bound to happen. We need to be able to adjust and transition accordingly so that the changes don’t overwhelm us nor drastically affect the outcome of certain situations. William Bridges gives sound advice on how to handle life’s transitions in his wonderful book, “Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes.” Handling change is always a challenge and I have been through many that have tested my resilience and patience. I would like to give this thank you letter to William Bridges for offering such great advice in his book.
They say that nothing in life is constant but change. Yet despite its inevitability so many of us, myself included, find it challenging to transition from one stage to another. Many of us become so comfortable where we are that even the slightest deviation may seem like a disaster.
This is perhaps why I found comfort in the words you wrote in your book, “Transitions,” which prodded me to write you this thank you letter. You really drove the point home that in order to succeed in life and not fall through the cracks of transformation we need to acknowledge the transitions we go through.
I like that you presented the fact that transition mostly always descends upon us unexpectedly. No matter how we may anticipate it, usually it doesn’t go the way we think it will. Even more useful, in my opinion, was the idea that the changes we go through should not be categorized into good or bad but instead should be viewed as life giving us opportunities to grow.
I also found your three stages of transition to be accurate. For me, it helps that someone like you has laid out the steps we go through when faced with a change in our life. It certainly helped me understand the emotions I felt and helped me keep in mind that there was more to the low points I was going through and that the transition was not yet over.
I think that many people should read your book. I feel like it is a great source of support and can act as a motivator because it proves that change does not symbolize the end of everything but instead is one way to get a clearer perspective and sense of direction. This simple but sincere thank you letter is me expressing my gratitude for that reminder.