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Transitions: Making Sense of Life's Changes, Revised 25th Anniversary Edition by William Bridges

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7
You Finish with a New Beginning
He has half the deed done, who has Made a beginning.
—HORACE Epistles1
 
 
IN THIS BOOK, AS IN THE TRANSITION PROCESS, we come to beginnings only at the end. It is when the endings and the time of fallow neutrality are finished that we can launch ourselves anew, changed and renewed by the deconstruction of the structures and outlooks of the old life phase and the subsequent journey through the neutral zone.
This simple truth goes against the grain of our mechanistic culture. We live in a world where things start with a switch or a key. If things don’t start properly, we follow procedures to discover what is wrong. For something is surely wrong—mechanisms are made to start when we want them to.
These assumptions ...

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