Monday, May 9, 2016

Fear of transition

Author and educator Marilyn Ferguson once said, "It's not so much that we're afraid of change or so in love with the old ways, but it's that place in between that we fear. It's like being between trapezes."

Actually, I do think we're afraid of change, too—at least some types of change. But I do think Ferguson was onto something. We do fear that transitional phase, that in-between space—the time when we've let go of one trapeze and haven't yet grabbed hold of the next one. We're not sure who we are or what's coming. Will we like that new trapeze? Will we be able to adjust to it? Will we miss the old one? How long will the transition take? Or will we fall after we let go of the old one and before we get hold of the new?

Uncertainty can be one of our biggest fears. We like to know exactly how things will be, exactly how we will be. However, as you and I know, some of our greatest growth and transformation comes when we've let go of an old trapeze, to continue Ferguson's metaphor.

What changes are you going through at the moment? Don't ignore any fears associated with the change. Face them head-on and know that transition times are by nature filled with uncertainty. Know too that you can live with uncertainty until things do fall into place. You really can. Be sure your friends and environment support you in those times.

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