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I love Change but I hate Transition

by Andrea Updyke

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That is what I said to my friend Paige the other day when she asked how I was doing. It’s hard to explain how I can be so bogged down with stress by so many good things happening in our lives but it hit me, it’s the transition.

In labor, transition is the most painful part of the process. Many women throw up and want to give up and we cry and cry. I am pretty sure I heard about this one lady in Guatamala whose head literally spun all the way around like an owl due to the pain. My point? Transition is HARD. But it means the end is near.

The payoff.

In my case, the payoff is a new home with a lower interest rate, my very own laundry room (no more dirty diapers in the kitchen!), a big yard, and more space for our family to grow.  The payoff is a happy husband who loves this house and a son who will likely start climbing the giant Magnolia tree long before I am ready. The payoff is growth.

And sometimes growth stings a little.

But it’s all good baby. It’s all good.

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Paige November 5, 2010 - 11:56 am

Owls are cute, but please don’t start spinning your head like one. Can’t wait to see the place with all it’s new Updyke touches.

Shayla November 5, 2010 - 1:08 pm

In a natural labor, the key to make it through transition is first of all to surrender to it, and then second, to tune into the voice of your coach (in most cases husband), focus on the words of encouragement and strength he gives you, the truth he speaks to you, not the lies in your head that tell you you can’t do it or that any second now your entire body will explode! Lean into your coach and let him hold you as you surrender to the transition that will lead you to the moment you will hold that baby in your arms. And so it is in life transitions….we surrender, and we tune into the voice of our Husband-, our Coach, our Father in Heaven, we listen to His truth over the lies and we let Him hold us so we can surrender….because on the other side of transition?….LIFE!

Kimberly November 5, 2010 - 3:02 pm

Love this because it is so true. Change is hard but in the end it’s for good. Keep looking at the big picture!

Sue Robinson November 7, 2010 - 1:56 pm

I couldn’t have said it better, “I love Change but I hate Transition.” Both are hard, but most always worth it! So excited for you guys!

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geekbabe December 5, 2010 - 8:53 pm

People are often shocked to see that wonderful life events are often the most stressful of all. We all expect to be stressed & tried during bad times but during the good? I think the key of transition lies in the fact that in order to reach something really good we also need to let go of something else.

Btw, do you think you can work on that head swiveling thing, that could be a real blast at #BlogHer11 🙂


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