Transformation: A Key Foundation of Life…
It’s Easter and another spring is upon us. With the dawning of another season and Christianity’s most important celebration, it seems befitting to set down a few words on a key foundation of life, namely transformation.
Ever becoming, but never arriving, epitomizes the core of what transformation is about. It implies a process by which life unfolds. Whether we accept it or not, our lives are but composed of phases through which we journey. In all facets of our existence, these phases are there. We witness them through our bodies aging; we experience them through our families and friends changing, and we encounter them through the vagaries of our working lives. To deny this is to deny transformation, and to deny transformation is to deny the very essence of life.
Some of us readily accept this ongoing metamorphosis of life. In fact a great many of us welcome it with open arms, embracing everything that is new and innovative. Some of us even become transformative arbiters leading the way in thought and action – think Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates.
But then there are those of us who steadfastly refuse to accept life’s changes (see The Road to Sacramento, the Road to Change…). Stubbornly we try to stop the clock, or even worse, try to turn it back. That’s not to say that all transformation is necessarily a good thing and that we must accept it. Because something transforms doesn’t automatically make it a good thing. Trends and fads come and go, and few, if any, are truly transformative. And we shouldn’t always have to relish those few that are.
Case in point, I remember a time as kids (going to date myself here) when we collected glass pop bottles, yes glass, and returned them to the store to collect the deposit. With nickels, dimes and quarters in hand, we’d then go about spending our newly-arrived loot on candy. The more frugal among us would stash our minted coins in piggy banks. But then a transformation took place when the plastic bottle arrived. And with that the glass bottle deposit died and plastic bottles became the day’s norm. No more deposits, no more trudging to the corner store with bottles in hand. We drank our pop and pitched our bottles.
Now you may laugh, but the introduction of plastic bottles did two things. Firstly, it killed the lesson of teaching kids the value of money and the importance of not being wasteful, something we could use a little more of today ($800 phones became the substitute for carrying bottles to the corner store). Secondly, it flooded the world, our environment, with plastic bottles. In spite of our recycling programs, plastic bottles continue to be a scourge on our ecological system. We just can’t stop using them and then throwing them away. Surely, this is one transformation the world might have been a better place without?
Nonetheless, transformation, for better or worse, is a prescient part of life. There’s no avoiding it, or if we do, we do so at our own peril. The moment we’re born until the moment we die, our lives are but one immense transformation. There’s a time and place for everything says the Bible in Ecclesiastes. If so, then the only question remaining is: will we be ready for it or will we cling to a past that no longer exists?
A little bit of food for thought on this Easter Sunday…
Happy Easter dear readers!
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