I've been thinking a lot about transitions lately. I'm not totally sure why. I don't think I'm in the midst of any great life transitions... at least not that I'm aware of yet. I mean, I know that as an educator I'm in the (awesome!) transition between one school year and the next (hello, summer vacation!!). I also know that I've just completed a major project that took years to move from the visioning stage into a lived reality. So, I do have a sense of needing to reflect on the fullness of that experience, and to consider what the impact that this project will have, not only on my personal world view, but also on how it will impact what I do as a professional.
But, beyond these two contexts, I have been unsure why "transition" has been such a strong word for me lately. I'm not getting married. I'm not changing jobs. The size of my family is not changing. I'm not going off to start college or to live in a new city. I mean, these are the major transitions of life, right? I'm not in any of them!
And still, none the less, "transition" is with me. So, instead of fighting against the word and declaring to be irrelevant at this stage of my life, I've been praying with the word and watching it rise up in my consciousness. And as I've done so, I've come to realize that I need to transition from the person I was in the world yesterday, or last year, or five years ago, into the person who is needed in the world today.
I think as an educator and as a parent I am completely comfortable with thinking of transitions within the context of developmental milestones. I've definitely exclaimed, "Ooooh, will you look at that?? My baby started walking today!!" Or, as an educator, I have transitioned from one unit of study to the next and am trained to look for the signs of readiness and proficiency. Or, even looking back at my own personal growth, I vividly remember the transition from college student into... ??? what will come next for me? This developmental transition is part of the beauty of a gap year program like 12 plus 1 for young people who are struggling with identifying their personal transition into, "what's next?"
But, putting all of this aside, I think the reason the word "transition" has been so present in my life lately is precisely because I'm not in a developmental moment. The transition occurring in my soul is the transition of daily life.
Can you relate to this?