I started this blog to explore transformation, sharing what I have learned so far and challenging myself to change for the better even more. My writings at Working To Live Differently cover both practical methods of achieving change and deeper spiritual, emotional, and psychological aspects of change. I am not a theologian or psychologist but am exploring change through my experiences.
The topic of transformation began to strongly intrigue me when I read Two Old Women (see post here). Initially, I pursued practical change as a result of considering that book, namely learning to complain less and use my talents more. Later, as my life became different, I began to understand the lessons of Jacob, who became transformed through his struggles with God and his past (see post on Jacob’s personal transformation and community transformation through reconciliation with his brother Esau).
To establish a foundation for this site, I explored the concept of transformation as depicted in literature, stories from the Bible, movies, and other media influences. You can find these posts in the category of Media, Books, Movies, and More. Based on these reflections, I noticed themes and then articulated truths about change and transformation, which you find on this page:
Practical Aspects of Change
- Envision the change you want to make and make the decision to pursue the vision.
- Enter gladly into new experiences, new friendships, and new ways of thinking.
- Face the truth about past mistakes, however painful; then move on, knowing that the past will benefit your future in some way.
- Be courageous; get comfortable with fear and anxiety.
- Stop complaining, start enjoying.
- Welcome and embrace a new perspective, which often means abandoning old ways of thinking.
- Take actions, whether small steps or big moves, toward your new vision of the future.
- Don’t dare look back, keep looking forward.
Reflections on Personal Transformation
- Transformation happens when what you believe about reality is challenged and altered, and you think, act, live, and work differently as a result.
- Honesty, courage, acceptance of grace, and intense mental effort lead to dramatic change, and they are byproducts of transformation.
- Transformation is ignited by a sudden realization of a new truth, a new experience, a difficult situation, recognition of a pivotal decision-making moment, and an encounter with the divine.
Reflections on Community Transformation
- Community transformation happens when we admit mistakes, forgive others, and pursue reconciliation; and relationships are restored and strengthened.
- Compassion, not condemnation, creates bonds among people.
- Individual approaches and standards are reflected in the community.
- Dishonest methods and deception harm relationships, even for noble causes.
- Constant complaining alienates you from other people; showing gratitude influences others positively.
- Traditional roles and rules can prevent community members from reaching their potential.
- Personal transformation can lead to community transformation.
Throughout my writings here, I hope to continue to focus on change and transformation.