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Transitions come in the form of tiny beautiful things.
Yet, it’s these tiny, beautiful things we often miss.
It’s an interesting time for me, the end of a school year. This year comes with change all around me. My own son is ending his middle school days and will be starting high school next year. He’s experiencing a lot of “lasts”, like his last middle school soccer game today. Similarly, my friends who are parents of high school seniors are experiencing a shift in their families, with their children graduating and transitioning to life post high school. Many are heading to colleges – some local, some afar.
I have several high school coaching sessions wrapping up as well. The part of the student coaching process I really enjoy is the final meeting of my 3-engagement package. I meet twice only with the student, then hold the last meeting with both the student and parents. A mom sent me a note after our meeting that said she has seen real growth come from her son – in a good way – as a result of our sessions. She said the experience of watching her son become an independent young man is bittersweet.
I also had an experience of coaching a new executive today. He has recently been promoted and is struggling. He told me the change was sudden and abrupt as he is taking over the role of another executive who was fired unexpectedly. Now he is responsible for a huge team and a huge budget – all of which comes with increased responsibilities.
As I take a step back and reflect on all the transition that going on around me, it makes me really think about these shifts. Does transition truly happen swiftly and suddenly? Or do most transitions happen slowly over time in tiny pieces – so tiny that we don’t even always see them? So tiny that we can’t appreciate the beauty of each piece?
I don’t know the answers to my questions, but I do know this. Every single person I have spoken with says that transition seems to happen so quickly that they wish they could go back and cherish sacred memories more. Do something different. Prepare better. Yet, what they also say is that, on some level, they did know it was coming. Kids are the easiest example – they get older every single day and milestones will happen. Every single milestone comes with a transition, just as it’s meant to be.
Kids generally accept this process unquestioningly, as their lives are continually changing, and transition is the norm. They don’t resist it the way we do. Perhaps we can learn from them. Let’s slow down and pay attention to these tiny beautiful pieces of life and cherish what we can from each and every transition.