Hope Springs Internal™

October 23, 2010

The Road to Transformation

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By Linda Tancs

There’s a line in the movie Eat Pray Love where Julia Roberts’ character remarks that ruin is the road to transformation.  The remark was sparked by a tour of an ancient Roman ruin, but its deeper meaning is related to failures in life as the film’s story line indicates.  It’s a compelling statement, and oftentimes we do think of transformation in the context of some failure that preceded it.  But why focus on failure?  I prefer Thomas Edison’s famous positioning statement:  “I have not failed.  I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”  Those “10,000 ways” are success stories, don’t you think?  Every time we discover a way that doesn’t work, we’re that much closer to finding a way that does work–and learning a whole lot about ourselves in the process.  The point is that transformation isn’t an event, it’s a process.  Think about what you’ve learned from your “10,000 ways.”  Would you have learned as much without them?


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