Monday, May 21, 2012

Joy and sadness intertwined

Have you changed jobs recently? Or done an entire career change? Remember to tend to your grieving!

What?! I can hear you asking, "Did you say grieving?" Yes, I did. Even when we make our own decision, we can feel a sense of loss for whatever we're leaving behind. Saying "Hello" to something most often means saying "Goodbye" to something else. So even if you're headed for your Dream Job, there just might be things you'll miss about your old job.

Unemployment is not fun. But even that can offer some things you'll miss when you return to work: more time with your family and friends or time to catch up on sleep.

Think about what you're leaving behind. Grieve it. Let it go.  And then move on with gratitude and excitement to the next stage of your life. You'll feel better about it all if you've acknowledged any grief that is hiding around the edges of your joy!

Share your experience of realizing that sadness can be part of the joy of any new stage. What did you do? How did you deal with it and move on? I'd love to hear from you in the Comment box below.

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