Embracing Transition

It can be frightening to let go of the familiar  when we don’t know what is on the other side.   I recently  saw a Facebook post  written by one of my mentors. She briefly  posted about the moment of letting go and reaching out to the gap between two  trapeze bars.

There is a moment when the trapeze artist  must release their  hold from one bar and  reach out for the other.  Despite all the training  and practice, that moment is filled with  uncertainty about what will happen.There  is the space of letting go of the known and  reaching out for the unknown-it is the place  of transition.

In our everyday lives, soaring across this dark void  of uncertainty can bring about unrest.   Nevertheless, I have come to believe that transition  is the only place that change occurs.   Transition zones are incredibly rich places.   They should be honored and savored–yes,  even when filled with struggle and feelings of  being out of control.   We must stand with courage  in our vulnerability.

Calling upon determination and curiosity, we  must forge ahead in spite of our  apprehension. Transitions are alive, passionate and expansive moments in our lives.  Erica Jong once said, “I have accepted fear as part of life- specifically the fear of change…I have gone forward despite the pounding in the heart that says: turn back.”

Don’t turn back or stay stuck in transition. Forge ahead and  let go of what doesn’t serve you.  Embrace the letting go, even, if you had no choice in having to  face it.  Don’t be content in your discontent just because you are afraid of unfamiliar.  We all must accept our fear and embrace transition.  The reward waits for us once we have found our way through the  distress and uneasiness of change.

 In the book “Warriors of the Heart” by Danaan Parry,  it says that,

transformation of fear may have nothing to do with making fear go away, but rather with giving ourselves permission to “hang out” in the  between trapezes.  Transforming our need to grab that new bar, is allowing ourselves to dwell in the only place where change really happens. It can be terrifying. It can also be enlightening in the true sense of the word. Hurtling through the void, we just may learn how to fly.” 

So, embrace transition, take the leap of faith  and learn to fly.