I finally surrendered to a cold yesterday following a week of resistance. Twelve glorious hours of sleep later, I took the morning off and treated myself to some Regis and Kelly. 

Er, Kelly.

We've all heard about Regis's legendary departure, as well as the transition the show- with Kelly at the helm- will now go through.  

After tuning in for day #1, I was inspired by far more than how smoothly things went. 

With Jerry Seinfeld as her co-host, Kelly was open, humble, and sincere with the audience- both live and over the airwaves- about the challenges and fears inherent in such a big shift. She even allowed herself an emotional moment or two, particularly when taking over aspects of the show that had always belonged to Regis, saying before each, "this is a real moment for me."

And they really were. Not only for Kelly, but for all of us. 

Transitions, by nature, are designed to get us from point A to point B. And most of us rush, measuring success by how quickly we arrive as well as how good- and unaffected- we look along the way.   

Yet it is the space between A and B that is most instructive. When we allow ourselves to dwell within the transitions- no matter how scary or hard they may seem- we come face to face with what we're really made of. And we get a front row, slow-motion seat for the best part of all: the transformation from nervousness to excitement... from wondering "can I do it?" to the realization "I can do ANYTHING!"

In a few months, we won't be thinking much about Regis. On television, a lot of effort is put into making sure transitions are smooth and for the most part, unnoticeable. For better or worse, life- and certainly the media- work that way.

Which is why it was so great that Kelly allowed us a glimpse of the opposite.

Congratulations, Kelly on making that moment so special- and educational- for all of us watching.  May the next 11 years be even more magical than the last!

About the Author

Jennifer Hamady

Jennifer Hamady specializes in emotional issues that interfere with optimal self-expression and is the author of The Art of Singing.

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