Transformative Thursdays: The Process of Transformation


The last few days I’ve been thinking about transformation.  How does it happen? What does it take for lasting transformation?

I’m reminded of the metamorphosis of a butterfly.  It begins as a small, round egg with a caterpillar inside. It then grows into a larvae which is what we think of as a caterpillar.  It doesn’t stay in that stage very long but it eats a lot which causes it to grow so it can become a pupa. In the third stage as a pupa, a lot of change (metamorphosis) occurs so the butterfly can emerge. Tissues, organs, etc are all forming on the inside even though you can’t see it. When the changes are complete, the adult butterfly emerges with wings.  The wings begin to flap and allow the butterfly to fly. Within 3-4 hours, they master flying and live out their lives!

You may be able to identify with one of these stages. The process is necessary for transformation and ultimately, for living in purpose.

Transformation requires a willingness to go through the process. Some larva never make it to the butterfly stage.

Transformation is uncomfortable.  The pupa is squished up into a cocoon while the inner parts are forming. It’s a stage of preparation.

Transformation requires learning and development. The butterfly must learn to use its wings to fly.  This requires learning and possibly trial and error.

If you complete the process, you will be a beautiful creature and fly with no limits. Isn’t that a wonderful picture of life as it should be?

Don’t be afraid to go through the process and live in your purpose!

~Coletta Jones Patterson

*Coletta is an author, speaker, life coach and entrepreneur who is passionate about helping others get unstuck. Her latest book, “Beyond Stuck: Creating the Life You Want” is available on Amazon.

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