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“Transformation is a process, and as life happens there are tons of ups and downs. It’s a journey of discovery – there are moments on mountaintops and moments in deep valleys of despair.” Rick Warren


The universe is transformation: life is opinion. Marcus Aurelius
When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness. Joseph Campbell

Transformation is Inevitable: Several weeks ago, I created a photo post on Glow and it was such fun to do. When I saw this week’s challenge on Transformation, it occurred to me to take another look at the hanging basket of yellow garden chrysanthemums on my terrace. The cold weather has set in and, as is the case in nature and life, transformations have taken place. Some dictionary definitions of transformation express it as a dramatic change but, I’m more inclined to go with Merriam-Webster’s definition; it is a change in appearance that could be subtle, gradual or dramatic. The collage above shows both stages of change for the mums. The early fall blooms are rich with green leaves. The late fall is another story. The leaves have died and the buds are slowly turning the color of straw. Eventually, they will brown and fall. Transformation can be grand or small. All augurs change…

“Asking the proper questions is the central action of transformation. Questions are the key that causes the secret doors of the psyche to swing open.” Clarissa Pinkola Estes


People need to realize how powerful the transformation of soil can be. Ron Finley
The way of the Creative works through change and transformation, so that each thing receives its true nature and destiny and comes into permanent accord with the Great Harmony: this is what furthers and what perseveres. Alexander Pope

Trust The Process: One of the gifts that come with transformative events in nature and in life is learning to trust the process and let go. Instead of clutching on to the past for dear life and becoming stagnant, transformation gives all forms of life a chance at renewal, rebirth and reincarnation… yes, that is true.

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“Life and death are illusions. We are in a constant state of transformation.” Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu


As the world undergoes a major transformation, it’s the time of significant opportunity and also threat. Viktor Orban
If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Transformation is a Radical Process: Every thing in nature and life is ephemeral. We need the constant shift and transformations that keep the seasons changing and us aging as it shows the natural and necessary progression of life.  No condition is permanent. Transformation is our collective lot.

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post:  – TRANSFORMATION –   This week, share a photo that embodies transformation. There are myriad ways to capture Transformation. How will you interpret this theme? As always, I’m eager to see through your lens.


Positive Motivation Tip: Transformation can be grand or small. All augurs change…

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet


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  • my favorite quote about transformation says Transformation is a process, and as life happens there are tons of ups and downs. It’s a journey of discovery – there are moments on mountaintops and moments in deep valleys of despair. i love it because life has a lot of ups and down

  • Transformation could be looked at so positively although with my depression it comes and goes. Right now my thought is to keep up with the things transforming time, weather, abilities, looks, the internet would be easiest if looked at positively then adjust or learn so that the transformation is easier. Tomorrow my thoughts will be different, I need daily reminders.

  • Wow! such a really motivational article. Love the quote about Transformation, Life is ups and downs, sometimes better sometimes worst, sometimes good sometimes bad. But whatever it takes life must go on, keep moving forward.!

  • Your posts are always so inspiring. I love this topic. Transformation is a process and something that we as human beings tend to overlook sometimes. But when we stop and just breathe and look at our surroundings. That’s when we start noticing all the beautiful things that happens around us.

  • I love this! Transformation can be hard, but everyone should be trying to undertake it to become a better person! Very inspiring post!

  • I’m so touched reading this article about transformation!!!
    It’s really has a in-depth meaning !
    Transformation is in the nature thus
    There is transformation every season and even us 😊
    Indeed I love this article very much
    Thanks a lot for such a lovely article😊

  • Transformation, for me, is seeing my son grow right before my eyes. He turned nine a few days ago, which feels surreal. He’s growing up way too fast! 🙂

  • There is so much packed in this post – my favorite is the Estes quote about asking the right questions. 👍🏼 As we undergo the process of self evolution, and ask the right questions, we will invariably answer those hard questions to help us grow.

  • I am loving this photo challenge. Transformation is something I am going through right now. Life is all ups and downs but there is always the light at the end of the tunnel. I am seeing the light now and I am super excited for anything that may come my way!

  • This is such an interesting post!! Transformation though an important part of life is never easy nor linear which can sometimes make it difficult to start. Thank you for sharing!

  • these photos are just amazing! I love your take on transformation and the patience in the process!!

  • This is a difficult topic for me. I like to cling on to the past where everything is blooming and happy. I am not happy, and am often incapable of letting go. This is where grief comes in power and takes over my being – it can be grief over a dead flower, or grief over the days gone by. I know deep down that this shall pass as well, and I will recover, but for a moment, or sometimes for months, I tend to succumb to grief at transformations…

  • This time of the year is my favorite because of the transformation of the leaves or nature. The colours go from a lively green to a beautiful golden colour.

  • I love how you used the flowers to illustrate transformation! I also agree with you: transformation can be both striking and subtle. One thing is sure, it is inevitable.

  • This is such a beautiful representation of the life cycle and how things transform over time. It would be so cool to see a time-lapse of the changes.

  • This is an amazing post from you, as usual. I can not agree more with not clutching on to the past and making your life stagnant but it is healthy both physically and mentally to let go of things and to give life another chance. I had the same experience and I still feel I wasted that part of my life clutching on to something. Beautiful references and quotations.

  • Life is full of transformation. It happens in different ways for everyone, but I have learned from experience that it’s better to embrace it than fight it or try to run.

  • Transformation can come at the drop of a hat. It seems the one thing we can count on is that things change, including us.

  • Beautiful photos and powerful words as usual, my friend. A quote for you from my refrigerator: “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.” Hugs, Kozo

  • I’ve been enjoying your motivational photos for a while now. They are quite insightful. Rick Warren’s quote reminds me of a diagram I’ve seen once about life – there is no straight line, only ups and many, many downs.

  • I really love this. As an actor and artist, it is so important for me and my castmates to remember that they don’t have to be perfect, but only growing and transforming. Especially the “trusting the process” part. I see a ton of people that resist their training in the arts because they do not want to work for something that they can’t see the immediate result, which I think is by human nature. Thank you for this post! I’m definitely going to point some friends this way to check this out!!

  • This is such a fun challenge and deeper than it looks. I love how you find meaning in everything and you did a great job with creating these photos. I think that transformation is good and it’s part of life and nature! This one is my favorite:
    If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation. Jiddu Krishnamurti

  • This post is mind blowing and very informative, I find transformation to be very similar to change. It takes a lot to transform and change as well, but it mostly bring out the best results.

  • What a cool idea! I love seeing how the flowers transformed as the weather got less accommodating.
    As an aside–your video ad did not let me mute it, even though the icon showed the volume crossed out, might want to look into that.

  • So thought-provoking! Taking a moment to stop, read, and reflect and consider how I transform in my own way and how it appears to others is honestly the best way I could have ended this weekend!

  • Transformation is such an important thing in life – it can take time or be quick – but we always need to be transforming into the best version of ourselves. Love this challenge.

  • This is so right on ” One of the gifts that come with transformative events in nature and in life is learning to trust the process and let go.” People impatient as humans, sometimes we take things into our own hands and the results is different that what should’ve been. Sometimes we just got to slow down and let nature do it’s thing.

  • You captured natures transformation perfectly! While I am not a fan of the colder, wetter months I do love seeing nature doing its thing. You are also so right about it being a process, to allow things to change and to grow and bloom again – same can be said for our own lives 🙂

  • Without transformation, we wouldn’t grow, evolve and learn. I love the changes in my mind and body and how I am growing to become a different, wiser person.

  • You have beautiful photos! Transformation is something I have difficulty embracing. Who wouldn’t want things to stay the same, especially when everything is fine? But as you said, it is inevitable and we should all learn to look for new opportunities instead of worrying and fearing.

  • I was a “clutcher” years back. Such an unhealthy state. It took a while to embrace the fact that transformation is not only inevitable, but a healthy process as well – even with it peaks and valleys. I really like the quote by Inarritu.

  • Transformation is something which is important as we need to move on from our past from time to time be it good or bad..we have to adapt to the situations..

  • This sounds like such an interesting process. I’d never heard of transformation in this way before! Love you pics

  • Transformation can be viewed in a bad light most importantly on what we’re experiencing in our world – Earth. I agree with you, a transformation is a radical process and that can be seen by how humans are transforming our Earth into a not-so-inviting form; in other words, we’re destroying our mother Earth 🙁 #EndClimateChange #ClimateChangeAwareness

  • I lov that use used an image from your old post glow to show transformation, This way it really helps the audience to really see how much it has transformed. As soon as I saw the photos I know I’d seen them before.

  • This reminds me of how change is sometimes so hard for us. I’m actually one that doesn’t mind change, but there are times we all would rather stay in our comfort zone. It helps me to remember that change and transformation are inevitable in life, because nothing stays the same forever. Love the encouragement to not cling to the past, but to embrace the transforming days.

  • I believe that transformation comes through challenge. When you are challenged you have to transform to overcome. It’s in that challenge that you see growth. It is not easy but necessary to truly transform!!

  • Wow! I love the transformation.. It’s so beautiful.. I like the process of discovery and transformation.. and live life with legacy….

  • I totally have a problem trusting the process of transformation. I’m a stickler to holding onto old ways.

  • I believe that transformation is a continuous process. It’s every day, every hour thing. Learning anew and unlearning those things that are not relevant to my life.

  • I agree with your post! My favorite quote about transformation is from Maya Angelou below.
    “There were people who went to sleep last night,
    poor and rich and white and black,
    but they will never wake again.

    And those dead folks would give anything at all
    for just five minutes of this weather
    or ten minutes of plowing.

    So you watch yourself about complaining.

    What you’re supposed to do
    when you don’t like a thing is change it.
    If you can’t change it,
    change the way you think about it.”

  • Somehow the word transformation immediately reminds me of butterfly! I’ve seen some caterpillars in my backyard, hanging to pupa, that have transformed to gorgeous butterflies!!! 🙂

  • To trust the process and let go is a really profound statement. It is often human nature to cling onto what’s familiar bc of our need for security. However, true change comes only when we surrender.

  • This writing on transformation is enlightening and encouraging, with great quotes enriching the subject. Your each post is inner learning for me.

  • I think my biggest take away from your post is “trusting the process”. We recently moved to another state so my husband could find new job opportunities that weren’t available where we used to live. I didn’t particularly like our first location and the very rural area we lived in. Although beautiful, it was lacking in job opportunities and I didn’t have any trust in the process God was leading us through. Now on the other side of the whole thing, I realize exactly what His intentions for having us take this route to get to where we are now. It has taught me to trust the process more.

  • Trusting the process and letting go have been the message for me for the past two weeks. My situation didn’t get better until I did. Your post came right on time.

  • Life has always had changes that we need to feel and overcome. I love the chrysanthemum picture of you. It reminds me of autumn trees turning yellow and my country is in the autumn.

  • I love this collection of images! This spoke to me: “Every thing in nature and life is ephemeral.”

  • Transformation is a process that I have a hard time accepting. Particularly when it is a difficult one. I have a hard time juggling who I am, who I want to be, and what I’m doing in my life. I know it will be a long journey. One that I have to pace for.

  • transformation required braveness at times to be successful, enjoy reading your sharing here, love the captures. 🙂 cheers, sienny

  • What a beautiful post and photos! Sometimes we are so afraid of a change but it’s a part of our journeys.

  • When I see the word Transformation, I was expecting a drastic change. I was thinking of how people had to go through an extreme low in order to transform or change for good. But I forgot how it can be so subtle like the changing of seasons~

  • This reminds me how much we are all constantly transforming and changing from who we are… we move forward slowly in time and that time makes its mark on us…

  • I was then transformed by my experience. You always have your decision to change your life. we cannot transform and become what we need if we still remain on what we are.

  • Transformation in life is a must. Changes are going to come and it’s always rocky on the in between moments but you have to trust it will come back around.

  • Wow, these photos are so pretty! This post made me think that every year we’re all changing even though not all changes are noticeable. 🙂

  • My take on transformation is that changes happen as a response to an external force/stimuli. We learn to fight because we need to protect ourselves from violence. We transform from a sweet, timid, little girl to a fighter when a need arises. Transformation is a process to either improve ourselves or to protect us from harm.

  • This is great. I use to enjoy shooting photos. I still have all my equipment. I might think about joining the photo challenge.

  • When I think of transformation, I always think of butterflies. We all have different stages in our life, always changing and evolving.

  • We do not realize how we change with time and that is the beauty of transformation. These fall colors are perfect for this photo challenge.

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