Vignettes in Aging – Transformation

You might think transformation is just a fancier word for “change.” There is a difference. Change has to do with behavior; for instance, changing your diet to bring about a specific physical result. Transformation, on the other hand, involves modifying values and desires.

Change involves eating yogurt for breakfast instead of bagels. Transformation involves no longer wanting or even being attracted to bagels but rather seeking out a healthier option with more protein that serves your body more completely.

If you just change one action or belief for another, you are not transformed. If you desire and seek out a different point of view because the old no longer serves you, then you are transformed. It takes effort to shift from a current point of view to a different one. It may involve the trying on of several different ideologies or beliefs to see if they fit comfortably and then living with the new mindset for a while to test out its fit and durability.

Is there something in your life you’d like to transform? Perhaps you want to reinvent yourself as kinder and gentler in all that you say and do. Perhaps you’d like to be more patient or less controlling. To effect a transformation in these and other “heart” areas one needs to look within, to take stock of where you are, and where you want to be. A path to complete transformation is highly personal and only created by the one who wants it.

Are you changing or transforming? It’s never too late.