Thriving in the Midst of Life’s Changes

By Paul Gauche

In mid-December I visited my dad in Sun City West, Arizona. Three days in the warmth of the Valley of the Sun was a great break from the cold Minnesota winter. In one of our conversations, we got on the subject of moving and discovered that in the 62 years that my parents were married, they moved 42 times. Par for the course for a military family. We then counted the number of times that I’ve moved in my life. That number came to just over 20. That’s a lot of moving. That’s a lot of transition in one lifetime.

William Bridges is the author of the immensely popular and helpful book, Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes. First published in 1980, Transitions was the first book to explore the universal pattern of transition. Named one of the fifty most important self-help books of all time, Transitions remains the essential guide for coping with the inevitable changes in life. Bridges identifies three fascinating stages that we all go through when we experience transition: Endings, The Neutral Zone, and The New Beginning.

Consider the transitions that many of us experience in our lives: moving to a new town, taking a new job, ending a relationship, beginning a new relationship, having a baby, experiencing empty nest, health issues, spiritual issues, etc. How did you deal with changes along the way? Were you immobilized? Were you energized?

I want to invite you into a two-session exploration of the process of thriving in the midst of life’s changes. By joining the conversation, you’ll learn more about the important differences between changes and transitions. You’ll learn how to navigate through Endings. You’ll discover what there is to learn about the Neutral Zone. And you’ll get some great traction for New Beginnings.

This important conversation will take place on two consecutive Thursday evenings, January 31 and February 7, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Chapel, on the upper level of the Christian Life Center. There is no cost for this forum.

If you have any questions, contact pgauche@popmn.org or 952-898-9333.

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