My ustad once said to me that there was no real point in doing the Umrah (to Makkah) if you didn't come back a changed person, a better person. And the whole point of fasting in Ramadhan, or at least part of the point, is to teach you something and, thus, in some sense effect a change.
I've been thinking lately of whether such change is a real possibility. There are fascinating questions of free will - its reality or otherwise - involved here. And on a purely practical level it's interesting to look at other adults as well as oneself and ask whether they have the capacity for change and growth. Can an old dog be taught new tricks?
More anon, when I find time to breathe.