Have you ever been the new kid or the new lady? Have you ever walked into a room and felt the crowd turn to you in question, wondering why you were there? When was the last time you went to an event with no idea how it was meant to play out? New often feels scary and vulnerable, lost and alone.
Last year about this time I posted about being new at skiing. This year I’ve joined Garry in his work in a new way. While this is a different kind of new it reminds me how difficult transitions can be, how important it is how we perceive ourselves, and how many opportunities a new situation brings.
Transitions. They challenge our routine ways of doing things and make us re-evaluate priorities. And while this process can be uncomfortable, it is a huge opportunity to make new and different choices in things we’d like to change. One transition can have a domino effect, causing us to change more things than we’d anticipated. My current work-related transition is creating a ripple effect, strengthening my resolve to eat healthy food, stay active, and keep various spaces in our home better organized.
Perceptions. They are the best predictor of how things will turn out for us as we often choose to fulfill our own perceptions. When we feel capable, we will move towards becoming capable. When we feel intimidated we often lash out at people or withdraw, decreasing the chances that we will develop relationships that will create comfortable places. The most honest way to perceive ourselves is in light of scripture and God’s truth– we are, in fact, exactly who He says we are. And He is truly who He says He is. And the combination makes all the difference.
Opportunities. There are always opportunities, but sometimes they present as challenges. Every situation allows us access into places, lives, and situations that we would not otherwise be part of. Our choice to see the opportunity in the midst of uncomfortable situations is a choice for a better experience and more input into the situation.
I’ve done a lot of being new in my life. And while I haven’t always enjoyed the process, I’ve learned a lot, made many friends, and experienced life all over the globe. Each transition has enriched my life in as many ways as I’ve allowed it to. I’m looking forward to looking back on yet another transition– finding I am comfortable where I once wasn’t, realizing I’ve taken new opportunities, and finding God faithful in yet another area.
I’m doing some off-blog writing about transitions– comment below or send me an e-mail if you’d like to read more!