By Sabrina Roblin
When the leaves fall from the deciduous trees in Autumn, the tiny buds of the new leaves already exist on the tree branches, just waiting to break open in the Spring. We are like the trees. As we leave a long held career and all that it represents, we can feel as vulnerable and exposed as a tree without it’s leaves in Winter, and yet inside us are the buds of our next chapter, just waiting to open up. The time in between the last chapter ending and the next chapter beginning, can feel at times like a cold, bare Winter. We can feel loss, grief, anxiety, and vulnerability. It’s a natural part of the transition process, and the more we can stay present to and trust the process with all its feelings, the more fertile we will make the ground for what’s to come.
This can take courage, support, and good self-care. You are going on a journey from your old life to a new one, and just like you pack well for traveling, it’s important that you gather your resources and companions for this journey as well. What are the self-care practices that work best for you? Who are your most trusted life companions and confidants? Who in your life will champion you and your dreams? What do you reach for when you are in fear or doubt to help you get back on track? What are the personal skills, qualities and experiences you have to draw on? These are important questions to answer as you prepare for and begin your journey into the next chapter of your life.
Another key piece to keep with you is a vision of who you want to become in your next chapter. It has been well-researched, that where you put your focus and what you visualize is what you create in your life, so it’s important to focus on what you want rather than worry about what you don’t want. You may already have this vision of what you want your life to look like and it may take you some time to get clear on what it is. Take that time. The more specific you make your vision and the more present you keep it in your heart and mind, the more clear your steps will be to creating it.
Enjoy and stay present to the process. It can be a very rich time of personal growth and new beginnings. Trust yourself. You have come this far, been successful, gained a lot of experience and wisdom, and navigated other life transitions. You are prepared for what’s next and have everything you need to make it happen.
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