‘All transitions are composed of…’


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“All transitions are composed of (1) an ending, (2) a neutral zone, and (3) a new beginning.

Every transition begins with an ending. We have to let go of the old thing before we can pick up with the new one–not just outwardly, but inwardly, where we keep our connections to people and places that act as definitions of who we are…

First there is an ending, then a beginning, and important empty or fallow time in between. That is the order of things in nature…” — William Bridges (Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes)

“One of the difficulties of being in transition in the modern world is that we have lost our appreciation for this gap in the continuity of existence. For us, “emptiness” represents only the absence of something. So when what’s missing is something as important as relatedness and purpose and reality, we try to find ways of replacing those missing elements as quickly as possible

You should not feel defensive about this apparently unproductive time-out during your transition points, for the neutral zone is meant to be a moratorium from the conventional activity of your everyday existence

There are three main reasons for the emptiness between the old life and the new. First, the process of transformation is essentially a death and rebirth process rather than one of mechanical modification…

The second reason for the gap between the old life and the new is that the process of disintegration and reintegration is the source of renewal…

The last reason for the emptiness between the stages of the life journey is the perspective it provides on the stages themselves… The neutral zone provides access to an angle of vision on life that one can get nowhere else. And it is a succession of such views over a lifetime that produces wisdom.” —¬†William Bridges (Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes)

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