Transitions have their own character, and they offer an opportunity to pay attention not only to what has been and to what will be -- but what is happening right now. What transpires in the space between declaring a decision and taking action that brings it to life, the hours between takeoff from one airport and landing at another, the days from the winter solstice through midnight of the waning year?
It's easy to push ourselves into the future -- to jump into what's next without honoring the process of getting there. (I've learned this in a visceral way in my yoga practice, where a lack of attention to transitions often leads to injury.) What I'm trying to practice for the next few hours, at least, is being between. Allowing the feeling of not-quite-this-or-that to be real and present; to sit within it. As one of my yoga teachers often says at the end of a class: "There's no need to rush."
This is a time of year when you may be reflecting on lessons learned from the last twelve months, or setting intentions for the year to come. I invite you to also ask yourself: what does "between" feel like as this year ends? Can you sink into this moment now, and honor the threshold between what has been and what will be? Can you savor the step through the doorway toward the first days of 2017?
My warmest best wishes for a new year filled with joy and purpose.
>> If you want to read more about transitions -- check out William Bridges' excellent books about managing organizational and personal change. I love his concept of the "neutral zone" between the old and the new.