Recommended Reading

Bridges, William. The Way of Transition: Embracing Life’s Most Difficult Moments. Cambridge, MA: Perseus, 2001.

"There are beginnings and endings all the way along the path. You are constantly letting go of who you thought you were and how you thought life would be….There is no beginning that doesn’t require an ending, and no ending that doesn’t make possible a new beginning.”

Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly. Finding Flow. New York: Basic Books, 1977.

"The choice is simple: between now and the inevitable end of our days, we can choose to live or to die….if we don’t take charge of its direction, our life will be controlled by the outside to serve the purpose of some other agency. So what does ‘to live’ mean in this context?…It must mean to live in fullness, without waste of time and potential, expressing one’s uniqueness, yet participating intimately in the complexity of the cosmos. This book will explore ways of living in this manner.”

Fritz, Robert. The Path of Least Resistance: Learning to Become the Creative Force in Your Own Life. New York: Faucett Columbine, 1989.

"There is a profound difference between problem solving and creating. Problem solving is taking action to have something go away –the problem. Creating is taking action to have something come into being– the creation.”

Hudson, Frederic. The Adult Years: Mastering the Art of Self-Renewal. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1999.

"This book is an effort to provide both guidance and wisdom. We will explore ways an adult today can establish a life course, construct durable life chapters, manage life and career changes and transitions, engage in lifelong learning and training, live an anticipatory life rather than a reactive one, master the art of self-renewal, and contribute to planetary renewal.”

Kundtz, David. Stopping: How to Be Still When You Have to Keep Going. Berleley: Conari Press, 1998.

"Stopping…moments of remembering, awareness, and contemplation – these life-giving, urgently important moments that slow life down so that we don’t miss the important parts – are rare for us now. The good and hopeful news is that we can make intentional choices to make them happen for ourselves. We can place the seemingly blank spaces, the spaces that help us to learn important things, between the events of life.”

Palmer, Parker. Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2000.

"From autumn’s profligate seedings to the great spring giveaway, Nature teaches a steady lesson: if we want to save our lives, we cannot cling to them but must spend them with abandon.”

Whyte, David. Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work as Pilgrimage of Identity. NY: Riverhead Books, 2001.

“To have a firm persuasion in our work – to feel that what we do is right for ourselves and good for the world at the exactly same time – is one of the great triumphs of human existence.”

Thelma Kidd
Life Transitions Coach
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