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Thu, September 1, 2011
Christine's Corner, Thursday, September 1, 2011
We can often go through our lives feeling that for the most part, our lives are always the same. Our daily routines are just that - routine. Whatever patterns and habits make up the majority of our daily existence can at times feel like a never ending cycle of obligations and responsibilities, hopefully sprinkled with enormous helpings of love, joy, and fun.

The transitions in our lives can be very subtle, built of small changes or experiences that shift slowly over time almost without our awareness. Other transitions, like getting married or divorced, having children, even developing an illness, can feel much more defined. These transitions can require a period of adjustment before we can acclimate to our new experience or situation.

This issue of CoSozo Living features the topic of transitions and we hope that with many of the articles within, you’ll discover new aspects of embracing the transitions in your own life. As we hear often, it’s not what happens in your life but how you choose to deal with it that defines who you are. The changes and experiences in our lives at times come without our invitation. How we cope with those changes determines the trajectory of our lives.

The two defining transition points in our lives are birth and death. While we are called to our lives as a result of the choices of others, our death is something for which we can plan. If you have lived through the experience of having a loved one not leave a will or any indication where vital papers or accounts are, you know that legacy planning is one of the biggest gifts you can give to your loved ones. Our feature columnist, Tamara Sutton, has provided the first of a three part series exploring the facets and benefits of legacy planning and tools that can help you celebrate your life, and plan for your departure.

You’ll also see that we are continuing to highlight addictions this month. Whether you or a loved one has an actual addiction or find other means to cope with your life, your emotions or your experiences, we hope these articles will help you look at some of the underlying reasons behind those behaviors.

As humans, we always hope that the transitions in our lives are filled with great blessings. Sometimes they are, and we move forward on our new path with excitement and elation for our good fortune. Even the most blessed life, however, is also filled with some degree of challenge, of struggle and emotions that call to us to begin again or grow in ways previously not experienced.

It is easy for us to categorize defining moments or transitions within our lives as good or bad. Our transitions, and our lessons are not always fun (although I love it when they are!), but they always have something to show us about ourselves. To me, those kinds of gifts are priceless because they deepen us, make us more whole, compassionate, loving individuals. Whether you find yourself in the midst of the same old routine or discover yourself bursting into all kinds of new experiences, I hope for you that this month brings new awareness, new adventures, and more of what you love in your life. Enjoy the month!

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