What does that word mean to you? According to the giant Webster’s Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language lying on the desk right next to me, it means:
“movement or passage from one position, state, stage, subject, concept, etc., to another; change…”
Certainly, many, many people have had “transition” thrust upon them over the past 4-5 years, due to global recession. As the saying goes, “life is what happens after you make plans.” Lots of plans got changed by downsizing, job loss, work reduction, increased expenses, devalued assets and general embitterment. The hangover of worldwide malaise lingers on.
Why is that?
I submit for your consideration–gently and carefully–that staying hungover, embittered, allowing the malaise to inform our feelings, our thoughts and our decisions is easier than any other option. Easier. Not better than the other options. Just easier. Reaction is always easier than pro-action. It doesn’t require much effort to empower malaise. It does require effort to transition beyond it.
But bad things happened, right? In fact, bad things linger still. No country is on solid economic footing. Worldwide unrest. A quick review of any day’s headlines confirms that things are still bad.
The problem, as I see it, with this line of thinking is that it is based on distortion. Twice. Worse, it is self-imposed and self-perpetuating.
First, bad things have happened throughout history and a lot of that history is well past what this recession has delivered in terms of “bad.” In the greater scheme of human experience, this is a relative speed bump.
Second, holding on to this recession’s “badness” directs one’s attention the wrong way, like driving down the freeway, full speed, in reverse. Clearly, neither approach provides a great plan for moving forward.
When was the last time you experienced transition…intentionally? As in, you went out of your way to “transit”?
Has the time come to transition forward? Are you ready to engage yourself in positive, “move-towards” goals? Have you grown weary of languishing in the spin-cycle of believing life dumped on your plans…and there is nothing that you can do about it?
Look, even the space shuttle program transitioned. So can you. And your transition can be just as awesome and inspiring as the shuttle program ever was. The launch codes to your life are in your hand. Will you push the go-button?