A Time for Transition

“Sometimes, life’s challenges are tough to deal with. You will succeed if you focus your thoughts on how to overcome the challenge.”  – Catherine Pulsifer

It is back to school season.  It happens every year and is considered routine.  Yet, the back to school vibe is everywhere making itself known by:

  • the plethora of notebooks, pencils, and backpacks crowding the stores
  • families making the rounds like coveys of quail to required physicals needed haircuts and clothing stores
  • school buses making practice runs in the mornings
  • public swimming pools closing

not to mention the general franticness in the atmosphere that says:  Transition underway!

Routine Transitions

In some ways, we are always in transition.  We:

  • arise in the morning, live out a day, then head back to sleep
  • go to work (or school), move from one activity to another, then back to our nests at home
  • get in our cars, drive somewhere, take care of business then return

Most transitions are routine, efficient, even mindless with little risk.  However, what about transitions:

  • from a familiar routine to a new one?
  • involving more than just you?
  • involving some or a lot of risk?
  • involving moving into an unknown situation?
  • or one forced upon you, that broadsides and smacks you in the gut?
  • Ones that turn just plain ugly….
Transitions Turned Ugly

When it comes to the back to school thing,  I am more of an observer, dodging the various activities surrounding that aspect of this season.  However, it happens to be the time of year I make my annual rounds of physical checkups.  Routine right?

Not so much.  This time last year a bad report broadsided me as a result of the annual physical exam.   What it was is not important now, but it plunged us into the world of medical protocols and unwanted attention.

I immediately formed a support structure.  One that was simple, firm and kept me and my Christian values, not the medical establishment, in charge.   It consisted of:

  • surrounding myself with a small but powerful group of like-minded Christian prayers
  • leaning on my spouse and those like-minded believers for support
  • educating myself on options in my case – inside and outside of mainline medicine
  • streamlining my activities while keeping a strong daily routine
  • refusing to make the condition the center of my thoughts, words, or activities
  • choosing to trust the Lord at a whole new level

I am happy to report, all is well.  The treatment I took is a distant memory with barely a burp in our lives.

By Nancy Cullen, Advocate

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