I've always been drawn to stories that deal with human transformation. I swear I've seen the 1951 version of A Christmas Carol
, starring Alistair Sim, a hundred times. And yet, even after a hundred viewings, I continue to be moved by the redemption of a bitter old miser. But then again, I cried and cheered on the one and only one occasion I stumbled upon an episode of The Biggest Loser
, a reality show featuring morbidly obese contestants attempting to lose the most weight.
I think the reason stories of human transformation are so powerful, and so important is because they fulfill the very human need to believe there are better versions of ourselves out there. And when we witness a genuine transformation in others, our own desires to transform are awakened and made all the more urgent.
Let me take a few moments to tell you what Metamorphosis is NOT about. I am compelled to add this because the word 'change' can be problematic.
First, most of us at our core, are not comfortable with change. As author Fredrica Mathews-Green
wrote ' everyone wants to transform, but nobody wants to change.' Second, change has become a commodity. Everywhere, everyone is telling us how easy it is to change. Change is available in books, on dvds, in bottles, in pill form. Personal transformation is only a weekend seminar or three hypnosis sessions away. If only it were that easy.
Over the course of this summer, you're going to hear ten stories of remarkable human transformation. Physical, spiritual, psychological transformation that came about through a devastating natural calamity, a near-death experience, and even unbearable guilt and shame. I hope you'll be inspired, I hope your own desire to transform is reignited.
With apologies to the current occupant of the White House, Metamorphosis is change you can believe in.