Dear Wednesday: The Season of Transition and Change

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I'm so glad you're here with us for the inaugural "Dear Wednesday Letter"...

Our theme for firecracker July is Transition/Change... And don't forget to read the bottom for our weekly favorite things...

Dear Wednesday,

I woke up frustrated this morning to the excessive amount of pet hair on my favorite recliner. Especially when I know I cleaned it with a lint roller the night before. It literally feels like I spend all day cleaning up after my cat.

Now, you may think that this is a regular daily occurrence and I should be used to it at this point, but it is not. My cat is shorthaired and seldom sheds, except in the summertime. The shedding occurs to create a thinner coat during warmer weather. This produces a cooling and comforting effect for the animal.

And as annoying and time consuming as it may be for me, it is an ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY transition!

How many of us would prefer to shrug off change because it makes things a little messy and takes more work from us? Even when the change would make us more comfortable? Though we may wish to remain in the status quo because it is cleaner, you miss out on some extraordinary benefits.

Putting forth extra work builds self-efficacy (confidence in our own capacity to impact your environment) and confidence in your ability to overcome challenges.

It also creates space and room in your life for new opportunities (and we all need that).

It makes it very difficult to bring in a new treadmill if the old broken one is taking up space. But there is work that goes into moving that old one away. You also exert way more energy resisting change than you would have if you just accepted the change.

Makes it a little silly to be avoiding the work that comes with the transition in the first place.

Next time a change occurs in your life and you find yourself focusing on the work and associated mess, turn your thoughts to the benefits that the change can bring about.

If you spend enough time thinking of all you have to gain, the resistance to change you naturally feel will start to fall away and be nonexistent.

Until the uncomfortable becomes comfortable (take a breath).

What life transition do you dread? What do you look forward to?

We would love to hear from you. Comment with your thoughts!

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Until next time, Be good to yourself and others!

Evaluate your relationships!

Check your thought life!

And, invest in opportunities that increase your quality of life.

Brought to by Ashley, Joy and Patrice, your DWL Lifestyle Strategists

This month's contributor for all things transition and change is Patrice Scott. Patrice Scott is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working with the active duty military community and their families for the past twelve years.  She is addressing the topic of transition/change for the month of July due to the increase in relocation during the summer months.

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