When I search my old blog posts for “transformation,” I immediately find this:
Day 2359: 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:
I chose this card …
… 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.
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.
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?
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!