(Orginally posted in January) I just finished reading Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes by William Bridges. I read the 40th Anniversary Edition of the book, which was originally published in 1979. Since I have recently retired from practicing family medicine, this book was just what I needed to help me think through the transition I am currently in the midst of. Bill says that every beginning begins with an ending and tells us that there are 3 stages to the process of transition which he calls Endings, The Neutral Zone, and New Beginnings. I found the book clearly written and insightful. The best part for me was the Appendix, which summarized the information he had already provided about each stage, and gave thought provoking, yet clarifying questions to ponder and answer. It was a really helpful and timely read for me.