The Editor Writes – November
Transform: to change in form, appearance, condition, nature or character
I’ve always been a dreamer. Although on many occasions my dreams have been unrealistic (like thinking I could follow in Sir Alex Ferguson’s footsteps and manage Manchester United!), on the flip side, envisioning what the future could be like has always helped to get me through difficult times and feel a sense of hope about things to come.
The idea of transformation is something that motivates me in almost every area of my life. The word conjures up feelings of excitement and expectation of how the future can always be better.
Over the past few weeks, recent world events have made it clear that even on a global scale, change is not just desirable but necessary for us individually and collectively.
Transform your thoughts
‘Transform your thoughts, as they will transform your actions and ultimately transform your future.’
I won’t lie, I’m a huge social media addict and at times I’m sure I suffer from nomophobia! It came to a head a few weeks ago when I realised I was getting quite down. I suddenly understood that an overload of social media consumption was making me feel ‘behind’ in life. It seemed that everyone on Facebook and Instagram was making more progress and having more fun in every area of their life. That was not only producing negative thoughts but it was also time-consuming, taking me away from spending time actually moving forward with my life.
There’s a verse in the Bible that says ‘Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect’ (Romans 12:2). It’s a daily challenge, but I’ve committed to transforming my thoughts on a day-to-day basis. I want to lead a healthy life – not just physically but emotionally and mentally as well. I believe that God has an incredible plan for each of our lives. The passions He’s given us are not an accident and He wants to help them come to fruition. Leaving space in our minds for healthy thoughts is an important component of making our dreams a reality.
Transform your actions
‘There are some people who live in a dream world, and others who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.’
Whether it’s about ourselves – having a sense of self-worth where we have a healthy level of confidence – or believing that small acts of kindness can result in a better society, thoughts have an impact on the way we behave. If I look at my own personal experience, pursuing my dream for what MAGNIFY could become has transformed my life, and it’s still what drives me and gets me up every day. I’ve also learned that there is nothing wrong with gradual transformation. There are areas in my life where I know I want to grow and change, but I’m also learning to be patient with myself to know that it’s doing things, no matter how small, which will help me to develop new habits. That’s how I will see my dreams become a reality.
So, my encouragement this month is to take some time out to think about what you want to change – whether that be in your personal life, or wider society – take any lessons you can learn from the experience of others or history, and let your actions line up with that belief that change is possible.
With love always,
Ruth Yimika Awogbade xx