Wendy Gladney (File photo)


As a young girl growing up in Riverside, my aunt was fascinated with butterflies, they were so beautiful and free, and she would admire their elegance and grace.  I wondered how could something that started out as an unattractive caterpillar turn into something magnificent.  

The transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly is a classic example of transition, transformation, and triumph. The caterpillar transitions through different stages, including the formation of a cocoon, and eventually transforms into a beautiful butterfly, triumphing over its previous form. In biological terms the butterfly goes through a metamorphosis or a complete change of its physical form.   

During each of our lives we will experience transitions, transformations, and triumphs. How we handle life’s situations and challenges plays a big factor in our success, joy, and happiness.  In history, there have been examples of individuals who experienced transition, transformation, and triumph. One such example was the life of Nelson Mandela.  

He transitioned from being a political prisoner, to becoming a prominent leader, and an advocate for democracy and equality. After his release, he played a crucial role in transforming South Africa’s apartheid system and triumphed by becoming the country’s first Black president.  

 Recently, I created a program for women that represents a powerful journey of growth, change, and ultimate success through transition, transformation, and triumph, I call it, “Season of Greatness.” This program is all about helping women transition from where they are to where they want to be and transforming their life into the best life they can imagine and ultimately coming out triumphantly.  

 Life is like a bank account, you can only take out of it what you have put into it. If we want something different than what we currently have, we must be willing to do something different from what we have ever done. This can be scary.  

 “Season of Greatness” was developed with the intention to help women overcome challenges, embrace change, and achieve personal and professional victories.  Many women either have or will experience a period of change, it could involve a significant life change such as a retirement, divorce, or the loss of a loved one.  

 Transitions often bring uncertainty, but it also offers an opportunity for personal development and new beginnings. One of my major life transitions years ago was going from being a wife, to being a single parent. This created inside me a transformation and a fundamental shift in my mindset, hopes, and actions.  

 It forced me into serious self-reflection, openness to new ideas, and a willingness to step outside of my comfort zone. I was able to triumph because I was committed not to fail and, I worked hard on my business and my family. I had to overcome obstacles, adversity, and a bunch of naysayers, but it was perseverance, resilience, and my faith in God that gave me the victory.  

 The three concepts, transition, transformation, and triumph, are interconnected and interdependent. Transition serves as your catalyst for transformation, providing an opportunity for personal growth and change.  

Transformation empowers you to navigate transitions more effectively, leading to a greater likelihood of triumph. Your “Season of Greatness” could be right around the corner, but you must embrace life’s transitions, seek life’s transformations, and persevere through life’s challenges to realize life’s triumphs. 

 Healing Without Hate: It’s a choice. It’s a lifestyle. Pass it on. 


Visit www.WendyGladney.com and www.forgivingforliving.org to learn more. Wendy is a life strategist, coach, consultant, author, and speaker.