Forest Fire Direction: Smooth Transitions


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As the end of the calendar year approaches, many will attend rallies to honor their colleagues who are entering a new phase of their life: retirement. In many cases, retirements mean that vacancies need to be filled, which is a new phase of life. Like fire operations, managing the transition is essential. Maybe we have a chance to do it right.


Those who are entering new phases of life are faced with adjustments and stress such as finding a goal or a new home, learning a new job or not having one at all, meeting new people, making their way into a new home. unknown environment, etc. to be a good one or a bumpy ride. The ego is one of those things that can hinder our ability to communicate with others and make a smooth transition.

Before making a transition, make sure to create a transition plan. The ego can tell you that there is no reason to plan. That everything will be fine (and that can …). A little humility (maybe a lot) gives you room for vulnerability. Vulnerability allows you to connect with yourself and with other people knowing the other side of the transition than yourself. The vulnerability allows you to say that I still have a lot to learn and that others have the key to acquire this knowledge.

Whatever your transition, make sure you have a plan – a plan that includes humility, empathy, love and compassion. I share with you the speech of TedX of Jonathan Gravenor "The other side of the ego. "I've heard similar stories from other members of the forest fire department, and watch for that.






Dig a little further

  • Does your ego lead your life or are you in control?
  • What counts the most in your life? Do you give him your full attention?
  • Make room in your life for silence.
  • We are never to be old to be a child.
  • We are never busy embracing humanity.
  • Do you need someone to engage you and give your greatest asset, your time.
  • For more of Jonathan's story, read his book The other side of the ego: from cancer to consciousness."

"For the words of last year belong to the language of last year

And the words of next year are waiting for another voice.

And to make an end, is to make a start. "

– T.S. Eliot


I care if you live or die! Go out and live these millions of incredible moments!


About the author: Pam McDonald is Editor-in-Chief for BLM Wildland Fire Training and Workforce Development and a member of the NWCG Leadership Subcommittee. The expressions are those of the author.