Transition: What Within You Is Waiting to Be Born?

In my last post I started writing about a Career Transition talk I attended called “Unemployment: It’s About More Than Just Finding Your Next Job.” Al Gustafson, founder and past president of the Career Transition Center, asked us to consider seven questions while we were in this period of Transition. The questions were so thought-provoking that I thought I’d share them with you.

Previous questions I covered in earlier posts:

  • Are you Working on Purpose?
  • How Much is Enough?
  • What Courageous Act Am I Called to Take?
  • Did I Fail?
  • Who Deserves Thanks?
  • How are you feeding your non-professional life?

In this post, I’d like to share the last question with you…

Seventh Question: What Within You is Waiting to be Born?

In his final question, he reminded that transitions are how we evolve throughout our lives. Just as people change as their children are born, grow up and leave the nest, so we should evolve as walk through this Transition.

Rather than look at Transition as an end, he said, look at it as a beginning to another part of our lives. Instead of rushing through the Transition, appreciate the time and look for what is being birthed out of the process. In my own Transition, I’m slowly learning patience, gaining an appreciation for the good things in my life and beginning to understand what I enjoy about being a project manager. What within you is waiting to be born?

He finished with a poem by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin:

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are all, quite naturally,
impatient in everything to reach the end
without delay.
We should like to skip
the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being
on the way to something unknown,
something new,
and yet it is the law of all progress
that is made by passing through
some stages of instability –
and that it may take a very long time.

And so I think it is with you.
Your ideas mature gradually –
let them grow,
let them shape themselves,
without undue haste.
Don’t try to force them on,
as though you could be today
what time (that is to say, grace and
circumstances acting on your own good will)
will make you tomorrow.

Only God could say what this new spirit
gradually forming within you will be.
Give our Lord the benefit of believing
that his hand is leading you
and accept the anxiety of
feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.


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