: a change from one state or condition to another
Transition (n.): mid-15th century, from Latin transitionem “a going across or over,” noun of action from past participle stem of transire “go or cross over” (related to: transient).
“A transition period is a period between two transition periods.”
George Stigler (1911-1991, economist, recipient of The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economy Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 1982)
“Transition isn't pretty, but stagnation is hideous.”
Nikki Row (Australian mother, author, and artist)
“Change is difficult, but it can be managed when you stay aware of the power of your choices, even if it’s simply your attitude.”
Michael Thomas Sunnarborg (author, speaker, coach, best known for “The White Box Club Handbook: Simple Tools For Career Transition”)
“In the space between chaos and shape there was another chance.”
Jeannette Winterson (b. 1959, award-winning English writer, best known for “Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit” and “The World and Other Places: Stories”)
“Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome.”
Isaac Asimov (d. 1992, author and former professor of biochemistry at Boston University)
“Mourning is essential to uncoupling, as it is to any significant leavetaking. Uncoupling is a transition into a different lifestyle, a change of life course which, whether we recognize and admit it in the early phases or not, is going to be made without the other person. We commit ourselves to relationships expecting them to last, however. In leaving behind a significant person who shares a portion of our life, we experience a loss.”
Diane Vaughan (author, professor of sociology at Columbia University, and recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship for Social Sciences; best known for writing “Uncoupling: Turning Points in Intimate Relationships”)
“It is tempting to write the history of technology through products: the wheel; the microscope; the airplane; the Internet. But it is more illuminating to write the history of technology through transitions: linear motion to circular motion; visual space to subvisual space; motion on land to motion on air; physical connectivity to virtual connectivity.”
Siddhartha Mukherjee (Indian-born American physician, scientist, and writer; best known for “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer,” for which he was awarded the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction and for writing “The Gene: An Intimate History”)
“Transition isn’t pretty, but stagnation is hideous.”
For those of us who want to grow and to push ourselves on the edges of new explorations and discoveries, there will always be constant shifting and transitioning, sometimes multi-dimensionally.
The practice of jumping into The Abyss, feet or head first, doesn’t make our journeys less scary. Like our brothers and sisters who are extreme sports daredevils, each mountain, cliff, wave or cave will exhibit its own unique challenges. As specialists, we relish the surprise elements of these life adventures.
For most of us who abide in ever-evolving possibilities, boredom is what truly scares us, because it’s a huge indicator that we are off course, lost, and in need of recalibrating our inner navigational systems. Transitions are made to feel uncomfortable, because they are confirmations that we are on new terrain, in the vicinity of where we want to be. We are creators and pioneers, forging new pathways not only for our own development, but for those behind us who will accomplish more.
When I was a junior in college I won a scholarship to study Mandarin Chinese in Taipei, Taiwan. I was the second student from my college to do so and the first young woman. It was extremely scary, because I did not speak, write, or understand the language. I knew next to nothing, mainly because there were no Chinese courses at my college at the time.
I was fortunate that I was able to meet up with some other American female college students, who had taken courses and did understand a little of Chinese. Somehow by the Grace of God, I put one foot in front of the other, made my way to the college and had many opportunities to meet many other foreign and Chinese students. Because I lived with Chinese families and had small classes I became proficient with the language, reading, writing, and speaking within 6 months.
At the age of 20 and 21, that was my jumping off the cliff moment, an unbelievably brave thing to do, especially to go half way around the world by my self. That journey taught me to be strong and to develop an appreciation and respect for a culture that was unfamiliar to me.
After I graduated, I went to visit my college. While there two young women that I did not know came up to me and spoke Chinese. I was shocked that they knew of me and that they also spoke Chinese. They said the college now had classes in Chinese and invited me to come visit. Meeting those young women was a confirmation that the pathway I helped developed would be followed by others and who have appreciated the sacrifices.
Let’s continue to be strong and rugged, sojourners, even in the mist of the deafening noise, the dizzying chaos, and our death-defying transitions!
Miraculously Yours, Tonya