The Way of Transition: Embracing Life's Most Difficult Moments

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William Bridges' lifelong work has been devoted to a deep understanding of transitions and to helping others through them. When his own wife of thirty-five years died of cancer, however, he was thrown head-first into the kind of painful and confusing abyss he had known before only in theory. An honest account of being in transition, this uncommonly wise and moving book is a richly textured map of the personal, professional, and emotional transformations that grow out of tragedy and crisis. Demonstrating how ...

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Overview

William Bridges' lifelong work has been devoted to a deep understanding of transitions and to helping others through them. When his own wife of thirty-five years died of cancer, however, he was thrown head-first into the kind of painful and confusing abyss he had known before only in theory. An honest account of being in transition, this uncommonly wise and moving book is a richly textured map of the personal, professional, and emotional transformations that grow out of tragedy and crisis. Demonstrating how disillusionment, sorrow, or confusion can blossom into a time of incredible creativity and contentment, Bridges highlights the profound significance and value of endings in our lives.

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Editorial Reviews

Miami Herald
The Way of Transition serves as a valuable and instructive illustration of the uncertainties of life, and how one must unlearn and relearn vital skills.
San Jose Mercury News
In this honest, moving account, Bridges meshes his personal journey through the abyss of loss with helpful, seasoned lessons that can be applied to the end of marriage, job loss, or retirement, even death.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738205298
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 167,804
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.31 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Formerly a professor of English, William Bridges made a shift to the field of transitional management in the mid-1970s; out of his workshops has grown a long career of consulting, lecturing, and helping others through transitions. He lives with his wife in Mill Valley, California.

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It is ironic to realize that one of the gifts I have received from experiencing loss is the ability to be in the moment. I've been trying to learn to do that for the past thirty-five years, but it is only recently that I am starting to find the present moment sufficient to itself. Loss has given me that gift, no by 'teaching' me that moments are limited and precious. That would be learning in the conceptual way…It is something that came only with time and with the natural sorting process that goes on after loss. As the mud swirls around in the watery pan, the gold flakes settle of their own weight. Time doesn't fly—it swirls, and the moments settle of their won gravity. Without serious loss, the water isn't agitated enough to make this happen.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Prologue xi
1 Change and Transition 1
2 How I Rediscovered Transition 19
3 Why We Go Through Transition 33
4 Letting Go of My Life 53
5 The Way of Transition 73
6 My Intensive Course in Love 95
7 The Archetype of the Journey 115
8 Discovering My Vocation 133
9 Finding Myself in the Neutral Zone 155
10 Transition and Elderhood 179
11 Beginning a New Life 201
An Epilogue 215
Notes 223
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2001

    A Book that Speaks Deeply to the Searching Soul....

    Great! Clear and understandable. His story about his wife's death with cancer and his wrestling with what's next was incredibly touching. I highly recommend this book to all my friends. It pushes you to ask needed questions and to consider what it is time to now release or get rid of. Bridges has done a personal great work in this one.

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