In my recent workshops on Change I’ve shown a photo of a beautiful butterfly coming out of it’s chrysalis, or protective cocoon.

The title under the photo is CHANGE and the saying under that was originally:

“Change is the essence of life. Be willing to surrender what you are for what you can become.”

I wasn’t settled with it as is and tweaked it a bit to read:

“Change is the essence of life.  Success is found in trading in what you have been for what you can become.”

I’m still not completely thrilled with it since I think our past is important and can give credence to what we can become.  What I like about the main idea is the willingness to try that new and different step of newness which may involve some letting go of the past and some risk about the future.

Can you help me think this through? How would you revise the saying to honor the past but maintain the “trading in” or “surrender” for “what you can become” ?

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