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  • Writer's pictureChristine E. Agaibi

Transformation and Soaring!

One of my favorite paintings of all time is from Belgian artist René Magritte.

I came across this painting at an international conference I was presenting at many years ago and it immediately struck me to the point I often bring it into my work and talks to this day…

“La Clairvoyance” is a self-portrait of Magritte looking at an egg while painting a bird. This painting speaks to so many themes in my mind.

First, our vision is often limited. We see what we see in others and in a situation, with limited “eyes” based on our experiences, our perceptions, and our emotions (which are often fleeting!).

Aren’t people and experiences so much more? Is there not so much more potential and much more than meets the eye? Isn’t that what Resilience is all about?

Yet looking beyond the limited, can broaden our perspective to our (and others!) full potential.

Second, we can transform beyond the moment we are in. We don’t have to stop at status quo. We can grow and develop if only we look beyond the present moment.

That egg encases hope, resilience, growth, transformation, to name a few things, if only we look beyond its hard shell to a bright future of flight!

The egg though small, is mighty! In it is life and potential! The potential of a full, flying, bird! You have potential too, no matter where you are in this moment!

So when you feel small and insignificant, when you feel closed in and hardened by your experiences and seasons of life, when you cannot see beyond the moment, pause for a moment and step out of that moment into creativity, dreams, goals, and indeed see your full potential. We are more than a moment in time, we are more than a season, we are more than a single experience. We can soar!

Magritte’s work is indeed inspiring.


“Resilience is not the absence of difficulty. Resilience is not denying or ignoring difficulty. Resilience is the ability to transform from difficulty. It is the ability to meet challenges head on and transcend difficulty and flourish beyond it.” ~CEA

How will you transcend challenges of the last few years in the new year?



Center for Authentic Resilient Empowerment


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