So I am a decent way through a very challenging but exciting transition so I decided it was time to get back to blogging.
On October 1st 2017 I became the Principal of C3 College which is such an honour, so exciting and so terrifying.
I also have a lot of friends going through various transitions- some wonderful, some challenging, some just really awful.
I have written about transitions before here Transitions– but here are some new thoughts
- The thing that has to change most in a transition is your thinking – I have had to change how I think about myself, our team, my place. even my life style. It’s very challenging. I have been seeing myself one way for almost 14 years in this organisation and now I need to change this. Believe me , my thinking patterns were not just set in stone on this- the stones were cemented in.
- I have to let go of much I like to embrace the new – things I really enjoyed I no longer can do – not because I don’t want to but because now there is other things that need my time and attention.
- People deal with change so differently – I work with the best people you could find – but they have all processed the change none of us were expecting differently – and I have to let them. Some friends who are in very difficult change have coped very differently to what even they would have expected. People need time and space to process change.
- Change is stressful – even if it is good.
- You have to honour the past before you can embrace the future. I really don’t like language that says “well now things will happen” around here. We all build on the shoulders of the people who have gone before us. For change that involves loss we may need to mourn the life that was, before we can embrace the change.
- You have to have friends- a safe place where you can be yourself in the midst of change, especially friends who can laugh, cry and pray with you – they are priceless. I have a friend who did Change Management for a multi- national – friends like that who can help you are incredible (thanks Annie )
There is so much comfort in knowing that although change may be a surprise to us – it is never a surprise to God. If we look back there is often little signs that indicate the change was coming. God is with you in the craziest change – he was with the disciples in the storm – he is with you in whatever you are going through.
He doesn’t promise it will always be easy – but He does promise you won’t do it alone.
Change isn’t easy but it can be navigated with the grace of God.
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