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The Way Of Transition: Embracing Life's Most Difficult Moments Paperback – December 4, 2001
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He uses his wife's passing and the insights gleaned in the process to discover new insights into the transition process in everyday living. He suggests that the reader engage in three processes that will help them see more clearly into their life's journey and the significant transitions that were experienced. I've completed the initial "chapter" experience that currently resembles a table of contents.
I like his perspective that transitional journeys are a bit messy, that one can not "plan your work and work your plan" and expect to arrive at the target or goal that we sought at the outset. Bridges uses his own vocational life and choices to elucidate this point. His writing on this topic helped me see that my childhood heroes of Robin Hood, Zorro, etc. were directly linked to my own purpose in life and the focus of my career-- helping others realize their high-performing potentials.
I was saddened at the outset of his book because Bridges was doubting himself and his knowledge of the transitions process. He had always applied it to organizations and was wondering if he really "knew his stuff" in terms of helping others through transitions. I wanted to reach out to him and let the master- physician -of- transitions know had most definitely helped countless organizations, teams, and individuals during times of significant organizational change. In 1993, I was employed at Virginia Power in Richmond, VA. This 10,000-employee-organization began a re-structuring process that was to improve its processes, eliminate unnecessary ones and the people who were involved in them. My role in our Management and Professional Development section of HR was to help individuals and teams proactively deal with the personal impact that these changes might have on them. Fellow training specialists had used the Bridges Transitions Model previously to help teams adjust to changes like getting a new boss or having teams merge into one unit. Looking back on this four-year process, I can say that the cognitive understanding of the Bridges Transitions model, helped people cope with their daily work (and worry) and the changes facing them much more effectively. It may have even prevented suicides.
So, Mr. Bridges, please know that your self-doubts were simply a part of the process, in which you found yourself at the time.
The Way of Transition would be particularly relevant for individuals who have experienced life-altering events, such as the loss of a family member, good friend, etc. It would even be helpful for senior high school guidance counselors who must interact with students and their parents about vocational choice. It should be listed as "required reading" for senior citizens who face new challenges as they move into their later years. The book can provide them with new insights and wisdom that they will be able to share with their own children, friends, etc.
I am confident that this text is preparing me to be able to accept more graciously the change events coming my way. My batts have definitely been re-charged by reading this book! The book is simply, among other things, inspiring.
Oh, one negative: I bought three of the books and the type was a bit small for these senior eyes, maybe 9- point. I also ordered it on Kindle, so I had no such problem enjoying it there.
Little River, SC
One of my favorite quotes from Bridges book (page 42) is, "Every beginning is a consequence -- every beginning ends something." (Paul Valéry). As someone who is NOT at the beginning of their life, having just finished grad school, moved to a new city, new church, new job, etc., this book has been a great source of comfort and has provided lots of practical insight as I make my way through my new reality.
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