I love the story of the Ugly Duckling because he struggled with self-image, belonging, personal performance, bullying and general unhappiness.
Until he didn’t.
During his transformation everything around him remained the same:
- The family occupied the same nest.
- The bullies were still throwing barbs at anyone who would stop long enough to listen.
- They were all floating on the same pond.
Only the way he saw himself.
Yes, there was a physical alteration on his outside, but it wasn’t until the Ugly Duckling saw himself differently from his inside that transformation took place.
True transformation requires of us the inside work — the place only you know — and can happen with one turn in the mirror.
Because once you’ve transformed you’ll never see yourself the same way again.