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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

108 Comments leave one →
  1. Josselyn Radillo permalink
    24/11/2017 4:53 pm

    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

    • 24/11/2017 8:30 pm

      Yes, it is not a linear experience and we learn all the lessons we are made to learn on this journey.

    • Evelyn, PathofPresence permalink
      25/11/2017 3:56 am

      Agreed. Even though it is tough to go through the downs, it is imperative. If we don’t experience darkness we will not know light.

  2. Gladys S Parker (@momtograndma) permalink
    24/11/2017 9:22 pm

    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.

  3. Shubhada Bhide permalink
    24/11/2017 9:59 pm

    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.!

  4. Ericka Garcia permalink
    24/11/2017 10:14 pm

    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.

  5. bellegabriella1 permalink
    24/11/2017 10:33 pm

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

  6. helene dsouza permalink
    25/11/2017 12:36 am

    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😊

  7. 조이 Czjai (@RebelSweetHrt) permalink
    25/11/2017 3:14 am

    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! 🙂

  8. Evelyn, PathofPresence permalink
    25/11/2017 3:52 am

    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.

  9. Corinne and Kirsty permalink
    25/11/2017 5:01 am

    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!

  10. Emily Anne permalink
    25/11/2017 5:21 am

    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!

  11. mommafitlyndsey permalink
    25/11/2017 6:46 am

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

  12. E H (@ehesketh) permalink
    25/11/2017 8:22 am

    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…

    • 11/12/2017 8:52 am

      You are not alone but you are bravely moving forward even with the grief. Sending healing light and love your way. Professional help is also an important option. <3

  13. lucicoo permalink
    25/11/2017 9:39 am

    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.

  14. flora_the_sweaterist permalink
    25/11/2017 9:48 am

    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.

  15. courtney permalink
    25/11/2017 2:05 pm

    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.

  16. Preet@thevelvetlife permalink
    25/11/2017 3:19 pm

    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.

  17. Elisha Fernandez permalink
    25/11/2017 6:56 pm

    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.

  18. Rosey permalink
    25/11/2017 8:08 pm

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

  19. 25/11/2017 9:50 pm

    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

    • 11/12/2017 8:48 am

      Hey Kozo, YOU are a great transformation story too. So good to hear from you… welcome back from the brink. Loved always! <3

  20. Mystery Series permalink
    25/11/2017 11:44 pm

    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.

  21. danielle permalink
    26/11/2017 5:15 am

    Transformation absolutely takes time but it’s a beautiful journey.

  22. Nathan Minns permalink
    26/11/2017 10:29 am

    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!!

  23. Ana Vukosavljevic permalink
    26/11/2017 11:09 am

    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

  24. Beola Lawal permalink
    26/11/2017 11:12 am

    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.

  25. Ashley - Forking Up permalink
    26/11/2017 11:44 am

    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.

  26. Our Mini Family (@ourminifamily) permalink
    26/11/2017 7:22 pm

    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!

  27. Laura permalink
    26/11/2017 8:23 pm

    Such amazing images! Really good idea for that transformation challenge.

  28. Coralie permalink
    26/11/2017 10:42 pm

    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.

  29. jake smith permalink
    27/11/2017 12:42 am

    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.

  30. 27/11/2017 1:35 am

    Without transformation how are we to progress! Love this post so much! so true!

  31. Ithfifi permalink
    27/11/2017 1:44 am

    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 🙂

  32. Ronnie Epsi permalink
    27/11/2017 2:02 am

    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.

  33. Marnie Bonafe Torro permalink
    27/11/2017 6:23 am

    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.

  34. Nisi Wanders permalink
    27/11/2017 7:24 am

    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.

  35. pinkrimage (@pinkrimage) permalink
    27/11/2017 8:03 am

    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..

  36. scrapbookadventures365 permalink
    27/11/2017 1:16 pm

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

  37. Otakore permalink
    28/11/2017 5:48 am

    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

    • 11/12/2017 8:40 am

      Transformation has a duality to it. We see the side that we choose to see… Yep, climate change is a huge concern.

  38. 28/11/2017 6:05 am

    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.

    • 11/12/2017 8:38 am

      Yeah, that was an idea that occurred to me as I was thinking of the challenge. The plant was still on the terrace…

  39. chewoutloud permalink
    28/11/2017 6:37 pm

    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.

  40. 28/11/2017 7:24 pm

    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!!

  41. kylie cre8tone permalink
    28/11/2017 8:40 pm

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

  42. alainamonster permalink
    28/11/2017 10:08 pm

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

  43. iamunbothered permalink
    28/11/2017 11:24 pm

    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.

  44. Anna permalink
    29/11/2017 4:59 am

    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.”

  45. Bhushavali permalink
    29/11/2017 6:49 am

    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!!! 🙂

  46. Emma, PathofPresence permalink
    30/11/2017 4:05 am

    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.

  47. Indu permalink
    30/11/2017 5:32 am

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

  48. Heather permalink
    30/11/2017 5:58 am

    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.

  49. Tennille M. permalink
    30/11/2017 5:59 am

    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.

  50. Ut Minh permalink
    30/11/2017 7:01 pm

    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.

  51. Emily permalink
    30/11/2017 7:46 pm

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

  52. Words of a Texas Nerd permalink
    30/11/2017 8:51 pm

    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.

  53. SiennyLovesDrawing permalink
    30/11/2017 9:03 pm

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

  54. Evelina permalink
    01/12/2017 4:03 am

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

  55. Tiffany Yong permalink
    01/12/2017 7:45 am

    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~

  56. Shell permalink
    04/12/2017 9:25 am

    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…

  57. Kelly Reci permalink
    11/12/2017 9:40 pm

    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.

  58. Cindy Gordon permalink
    12/12/2017 12:16 pm

    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.

  59. Adaleta Avdić permalink
    12/12/2017 1:54 pm

    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. 🙂

  60. Kristine Nicole Alessandra permalink
    12/12/2017 9:54 pm

    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.

  61. tchandler52 permalink
    14/12/2017 1:45 am

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

  62. Lisa Rios permalink
    15/12/2017 5:44 pm

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

  63. Vasundhra permalink
    16/12/2017 11:13 am

    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.

  64. Calvin permalink
    29/07/2018 10:25 am

    I like seeing the change and contrast of things in photo


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