A few readers recently asked me how and when I come up with ideas for my posts. Happy to report that I wake up in the morning without any idea of what I'm going to write about. Something might be stirring around in me before bed or after I get up but I don't do any formal writing or research until I turn on my laptop. All the multi-media I embed is found while I am thinking and writing. I enjoy my YouTube lab as a place to feed my imagination. I might search a song or a word and see where it leads. It's like a little treasure hunt.
This morning I searched the word "element". I found some really interesting things but what I want to focus on briefly is the scientific meaning of "transition elements". I am feeling like reading a lot about science these days. This morning is no exception. I feel a bit like I could be back in school with a trapper keeper and my periodic table of elements sandwiched in between a table of contents and chapters for the quarter. Do you have any extra reinforcements?
Anyway, I gravitated towards this phrase because I am definitely going through transitions right now in more than a few areas of my life. You know when you can just feel yourself changing and see how your life to starts to change around you, too? Fruits of my labor are a ripenin'! Different people and opportunities are coming in and I am feeling the strength to release what isn't making me happy. I love the fall season coming up, which is a time for release, for more love, and for feeling the winds of change while cooling off.
So, if you are interested in a brief chemistry as metaphor science conversation, read on...
There are certain qualities of transition elements I found in my research and they are comparable to the elements of ourselves we can strive to keep in tact while we go through a transition. Elements in it of themselves are the qualities of a compound that are constant and never change. It's the substance that can't be broken down any further (the atom) and in human beings, that's you, it's those aspects that remain constant no matter what. As you age, gain or lose weight or hair, go through shifts in your career, relationships, geographic relocations, etc., can you identify elements of who you are that will always be there? They may just be latent but they didn't disappear.
Follow the link above -- the transition elements one and not the winds of change one which of course leads to the Scorpion song that I woke up singing (don't hate me if it gets stuck in your head) -- and you'll read that transition elements have"high tensile strength (ability to withstand stress)" and "they are good catalysts". They are also usually brightly colored. :)
Nice qualities, don't you agree?! I'm not asking for more stress but certainly it's part of life and resilience, people who have it and learn it, are the ones who thrive. A catalyst modifies and increases a rate of reaction without "being consumed in the process." More metaphores galore.
Bring about change, yes, be involved in the process, yes yes, but don't get consumed. No need to become overwhelmed. Love it.
Wishing you exciting changes and transitions that don't consume you but encourage your GROWTH and deepen your HAPPINESS.
Have a wonderful day!