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Transitions



While it can be said that the only constant in life is change, some of those changes are more deep-seated than others. When a change occurs that impacts a core part of our identity—whether regarding relationships, responsibilities, capabilities, or even geographic location—we can be said to be going through a transition. This is a period of learning to accept a new reality, letting go of old expectations, and discovering new answers to the question, “Who am I?” Periods of transition can be uncomfortably disorienting, but they also allow us to grow in beautiful and unexpected ways.

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The Pains of Progress—Why Change Is Hard

Why is change so hard? Because to make progress you have to deal effectively with these three things: 1. Uncertainty. To change means wading into the unknown. That scares some people. But progress demands you let down your need for control and do something new.

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What Now?

Based on her lauded commencement address at Sarah Lawrence College, this stirring essay by bestselling author Ann Patchett offers hope and inspiration for anyone at a crossroads, whether graduating, changing careers, or transitioning from one life stage to another.

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The Clocklike Regularity of Major Life Changes

Transitions feel like an abnormal disruption to life, but in fact they are a predictable and integral part of it.

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FindCenterOne of the great liabilities of history is that all too many people fail to remain awake through great periods of social change. Every society has its protectors of status quo and its fraternities of the indifferent who are notorious for sleeping through revolutions.

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Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes

First published in 1980, Transitions was the first book to explore the underlying and 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.

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Author Bruce Feiler on Life-Altering Transitions

NPR’s Michel Martin speaks with bestselling author Bruce Feiler about his new book, Life Is in the Transitions: Mastering Change at Any Age.

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Life Is in the Transitions: Mastering Change at Any Age

Bruce Feiler, author of the New York Times bestsellers The Secrets of Happy Families and Council of Dads, has long explored the stories that give our lives meaning.

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FindCenterEvery genuinely new technology has a genuinely new way of breaking—and every now and then, those malfunctions open a new door to the adjacent possible. Sometimes the way a new technology breaks is almost as interesting as the way it works.

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8 Tips to Help You Thrive During Life Transitions

A doctor shares effective ways to thrive during change with a combination of science and ancient wisdom viewed through the lens of a personal journey.

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10 Ways to Make It Through Your Life’s Transitions

Change can be good if you approach it with these 10 research-based tips.

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