Day 2545: Transformation

When I search my old blog posts for “transformation,” I immediately find this:

Day 2395: Self-Transformation

When I wrote that post last June, I was definitely performing some self-transformation, as I often do with this blog.  That day, I was transforming the sadness, anger, and shock I felt about somebody’s behaviors into a positive and upbeat blog post.  I left some subtle clues about that transformation in my photos of book titles (which include lots of “f-cks,” one “sh-t”, and a “You Can’t Hurt Me”).  That behind-the-scenes transformation helped me cheer up, move on, and face another day.

Today, I want to share transformation of a different kind.  Yesterday, my Coping and Healing group transformed our roving thoughts into focused mindfulness by using the angel cards which a past transforming group member left me years ago.  One of the members chose this card:

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I chose this card  …

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… which was one of the few blank cards in the pack.  When I focused on that card during the mindfulness exercise, I noticed a transformation.  Somebody had tried to write something on that card, with a pen that had no ink.  Can you see it?

I tilted the card into the light, to try to discover the hidden markings.

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At first, I thought the hidden word (which definitely started with a “T”) was “Thankfulness” ( probably because I find thankfulness so transformative). After many moments of mindful scrutiny, I finally discovered what somebody had tried to write on that angel card, years ago.

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Then, when it was my turn to check in, I shared that transformation with the rest of the group.

Do you see transformation in any of my other recent photos?

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One of the group members yesterday asked the rest of us how we would transform ourselves, if transformation was possible.   Somehow, that transformed into a conversation about ducks, including

  • how some of us are ducks — calm on the surface with lots of action below,
  • the transforming coping strategy of letting things roll off one’s back, like a duck, and
  • how to duck other people’s negativity.

Here‘s “Vital Transformation” by John McLaughlin and The Mahavishnu Orchestra, which I experienced as very transformative during the 1970s.

Now it’s time for another transformation — I shall transform this blog post into a guessing game!  Last night, Michael chose this classic Tom Jones song for us to dance to after dinner:

Michael told me that the young guitarist playing on that track later transformed into one of the most famous guitarists in rock and roll.  After I guessed Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and others, I finally came up with the right answer.  Can you?

Feel free to transform your thoughts and feelings into a comment, below.

As always, I end these posts with a transformation of thankfulness for all who help me create this daily blog, including YOU!

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18 thoughts on “Day 2545: Transformation

  1. Andrea

    Interesting info in Wikipedia about the musicians who played on the recording session of “It’s Not Unusual.” There is some difference of opinion regarding the guitarist who played during that session, but the keyboardist will surprise you. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It%27s_Not_Unusual

  2. I was transformed into a duck for 19 years when commuting between Newark, Nottinghamshire and London. The station staff called me “me dook” – term of endearment in the vernacular.

  3. Joe Moretti apparently, and not Jimmy Page. Quite a transformation!

  4. sweet transformations, Ann!
    But the transformation i got
    when listening to mahavishnu
    & tom jones at the same time
    was over the top 🙂

  5. puella33

    I’m curious to know who was the guitarist for Tome Jones. I would like to be transformed into the mythical Greek goddess, Athena, since we’re hypothesising. 🙂 Have a nice day, Ann

  6. Last night someone told me, “Never change.” The funny thing is that request transformed me into a much happier person.

  7. Pingback: Day 2546: It’s not unusual | The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

  8. Change is hard, but transformation is worth the hard parts.

  9. Your bounce back is admirable, Ann.

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