Yesterday I spoke about the closing of Visual Aid, an important San Francisco nonprofit. I received an invitation to a fundraising event taking place in the coming days. You may ask why would a nonprofit that’s closing continue to promote events. I’ll tell you why; it’s because they are forward thinking. They are showing their true concern for the participants in their program. Julie Blankenship, the Executive Director, is creating a transition plan for those who have depended on the organization for over twenty years.
Transitions are difficult for everyone, but when you have a chronic or life-threatening illness transition becomes a way of life. I’m not saying transition is easy, but I am saying it becomes more of a constant than for those without a health challenge. It’s one of the most trying aspects of a health challenge…change!
What if we took the idea of transition management and applied it to our lives? As someone with a health challenge, it’s easy to get caught up in the trials and tribulations of the day-to-day uncertainty of what our bodies will do at any given moment. It’s not uncommon for medications to change their level of efficacy. Symptoms may change or emerge without notice (symptoms don’t send a warning to our conscious selves).
I’d like to say that change is easy, but I’d be faking. Change is often equated to loss. This is apparent when we see the emails coming from Visual Aid as they begin the final phase of their story. I hope we can all take lessons from as we move through out own set of change and loss. Visual Aid is being proactive, supportive, and compassionate in their transition. How can we become more proactive in our lives when it comes to our health (I’ll discuss this more in days to come)? How compassionate are you to your own body, emotional state, and soul?
Transitions allow us to seek options. They provide us with a continual set of crossroads allowing us to consider alternatives. Possibility has to be a part of our consciousness. What lies ahead for the participants of Visual Aid I can’t say, but I can ask you, what are you going to do today to manage your life transitions?