Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes by William Bridges

When I started my new job there were a couple weeks’ worth of appointments already loaded in my Outlook calendar. One of them the second week was labeled “Transition Meeting”. Those invited to attend were the adult services staff and the library director. I had no idea what to expect, but it ended up being a positive experience. That meeting was based on the concepts presented in Transitions by William Bridges.

When life shifts happen, there are a few “universal” phases that almost everyone goes through, whether they realize it or not. This book is not really a how-to book for facing those challenging phases, but a book to put the phases in perspective and provide clues for how to respond and accept the emotions that are likely to pop up during the transition time.

This book was originally written in 1979 but was then updated in 2004. It was a useful book, if at times frustrating. When I read self-help books I like to get a step-by-step plan out of the experience. The point of the book is that there is no way to plan your way through a transition, you just have to learn to accept and grow, so the frustration is more internal than directed at this book. It is comforting to me as someone going through a transition, so I would suggest it as a good read to others facing changes in their lives.


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