How To Cope When Routine Transitions Turn Ugly

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“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 a routine transition.  Yet, the back to school vibe is everywhere and makes 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 frantic-ness 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?
  • that involve more than just you?
  • that involve some or a lot of risk?
  • that involves moving into an unknown situation?
  • or that one forced upon you, that broadsides and smacks you in the gut?
  • when it turns just plain ugly….

Routine 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.  A few years ago 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 took my own advice, I formed a support structure.  One that was simple, firm, and kept me, 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.

Intentional Transitions

I was intentional about every step taken.  Yes, I listened to the advice, then checked it out.  I said yes to some, and no to some.  I won’t lie, it was challenging to stay centered and focused, but the alternative was not a road I wanted to travel.

In this back-to-school time of year, with all of its hubbub and activity, I am grateful that this year’s back-to-school transition season is –  back to normal.

Is there a time when you were broadsided with a  gut punch? What steps did you take to get maintain stability?  

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I am a former air traffic controller, pilot, Aircoupe owner, married 42 years to a great guy. We live in a 125+ year old historic Victorian, enjoy cats, vintage anything, precious friends. My passion is Giving Lost Stories A Voice – Giving Found Materials Fresh Form and Purpose!

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