Reinventing Ourselves

ButterflyChanging and improving for the better, overcoming weaknesses, shortcomings, faults and failings in a continuous effort to become something better

When you are through changing, you are through.  Bruce Barton

It is not necessary to change.  Survival is not mandatory.  W. Edwards Deming

Caterpillars becomes butterflies by going through one metamorphosis. We go through many metamorphosis, constantly changing and reinventing ourselves from birth until death. Randall Burkhalter

   When we think of the process of metamorphosis we think of the butterfly. It changes from a rather non-descript caterpillar to a beautiful butterfly. Humans go through many stages of metamorphosis during their lives; from embryo to fetus, from fetus to baby, from baby to toddler, toddler to preschooler, and so on. We are constantly “morphing” from one stage of life to a new, more advanced form of ourselves. We start this process of change at birth and it continues until death. Some argue that at some point of life we stop morphing into something better. We peak out; deterioration sets in, we grow old, “wither on the vine” and start dying.

    Life consists of many stages and changes. One way to look at this is we are constantly reinventing ourselves. We get older, experience new things and hopefully grow in wisdom and understanding. As these things happen, we advance and become a new and improved version. Some of us are rather complacent about our advancing and improving while others are more proactive and involved in their growth process. On a biological basis old cells constantly die and are replaced by new ones. On the cellular level our body constantly replaces itself. It is part of our changing process. In the computer world, artificial intelligence describes a computer’s capability of learning and acquiring intelligence through experience. Computers will have increased capability of re-inventing themselves into something better. It is a capability we already have.

    The concept of the “learning curve” measures the process of learning. It measures how we learn. Some people learn and “morph” faster and more efficiently than others. Some seem to fight and resist learning and becoming. It almost seems they prefer being stagnant and vegetative. Life has a way of not allowing us to “cop out” and stand on the sidelines. We have many stages of metamorphic changes during life, the ultimate “morphing” is what we become at our last breath. Is the metamorphosis completed when we die to this life and become whatever it is we become when this stage of existence ends. Do we leave our earthly body behind and move on?      

   It is likely we are here for a reason and for a purpose. Many theories and beliefs exist. Many believe we are here to experience, grow, learn and gain wisdom as we evolve into a higher form of life.

Challenge: Are you engaged into the concept of re-inventing yourself? You are enrolled in life’s growth and morphing process whether you have chosen it or not. You will go through many changes and ultimately arrive at death’s door. The opportunity for reinventing yourself does end. You are responsible and accountable for what you are doing in becoming a new and better you. It makes more sense to be proactive and to make the most of it.

Wisdom: When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.  Victor Frankl

Spiritual: (NIV)

The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. Isaiah 32:17

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge. 2 Pt 1:5

The Bible tells us there is another life after our death. This life prepares us for the life that comes when this one ends. Our life has many choices and options. We can choose the low road or we can choose the high road. The most critical choice we will ever make is to ask God’s help in guiding and advising us. We were made to interact with God. We can never become the beautiful butterfly we were meant to be without our Heavenly Father’s help.

Prayer: You are the potter and I am the clay, mold me and make me into what I am intended to be.


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