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The Butterfly Effect

A Very minute change in the initial conditions of a system can have dramatic effects on that system over time- Chaos Theory

Can one small change  set off a chain of events that  lead to large-scale alterations of an event?Can a small decision that you make have a larger impact later on in life? Can a small decision that you make or not make tomorrow be the larger difference in someone’s life? Can someone’s small act of kindness be the “minute change” that prevents someone from becoming the person who might kill hundreds? Can someone else’s decision to quit their job and start their own company (employ you) because their manager was rude to them be the reason why you have a job now? Does the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas?- Ed Lorenz. 

You and I make choices each and every day that we rarely think about. We do actions that come second nature to us and we rarely even think twice about it. I ask you reader, all those questions in the beginning to make you think twice about the things you say and don’t say and the things you do or do not do; to make you wonder. When we think about unity we often overlook how our decisions connect us all and how one decision can create a larger change in someone else’s life or in our very own life.

The theory behind the Butterfly effect is that it’s possible that the smallest change in a system can change the over all outcome of the end result. If we can but for a moment change the word system to “human-system” we can see how this theory  holds true in our lives as well and not just in the weather system which is where the Butterfly Effect was first used by mathematician Edward Lorenz. The best way for me to paint the clearest picture for you is to show you how it has worked in my own personal life.

In 2010 I got “let go” from my job. I was but a small piece in the bigger scheme of things with the company I was working for. But that one action by the general manager would then lead me to make a decision to uproot my life and move to Florida. Prior to that moment I was still hoping to keep my life in Virginia. No one gave it a second thought at that company once it was done. From that decision to be letting go, led me to make  another decision to move (which I did). Within my first year of living in Florida I made the decision to join a meetup group for young professionals where I met new people who would later become my friends.

One year after I moved to Florida my sister moved to Florida because she needed to get away from where she was and now had a brother to stay with in a place she could envision herself living. She would then meet her now fiancée because of it. Are you seeing the pattern from that one decision of me being let go? Do you see how that’s General managers small choice created a different effect in someone else’s life later on? After joining the meetup group, one year later I would make the decision to become the organizer for this group where I would meet a woman  who becomes one of my closest friends. Because of her I would then get a interview with a company I had never heard about before and then I would be able to refer my sister and other friends because of it.

A small decision to let go of me, led to larger events happening in other people’s lives later on, not to mention my own. I could go on forever with examples as to why what we decide to do or not do can play a major role in someone else’s life. If you look at your life, can you find an example of how a decision that you made effected someone else? Can you find an example of how a decision that someone else made played a factor in where you are today? We can even look at past relationships and see that the decision to move on or their decision to move on allowed you and/or them to find someone who better fulfills their needs.

You, me and others in your life aren’t just connected because of our spiritual energy, we are connected to one another based on decisions that were made years ago that are now coming to fruition.. Every choice that we make has the potential to literally change someone else’s life including our own and that’s powerful and yet, also a little scary. A simple decision to be kind to someone may be enough of a gesture to change the perspective of the person who feels unloved, preventing them from committing suicide who then goes on to create a product that changes the world.

It’s important to remember that what we often go through that we define as “bad” is most often the event that allows you to change your life for the better or in another way. It’s an opportunity to alter your life in a new way. It’s a way to create a new wrinkle on your timeline, to literally change your destiny. It isn’t always a bad thing when things happen to us that causes temporary pain. Of course, let us not be naive into believing that all decisions that are made end up being positive. We know this to be false by examining other area’s of our lives that we may be currently struggling with. But, what if we simply missed the opportunity to change what we saw as bad into good? What if you failed to see where you could change your life based on someone else’s decision? This is still the butterfly effect because we are creating  a small change in the initial “human-system” from what the end result was estimated to be.

It’s not possible to consciously know which minute changes that we make end up changing the larger scale of someone else’s life in the future but it can be very empowering to know that we truly do have the power to change the world. You have the power within your life to change the world that you currently live and you don’t have to be a politician,  lawyer, doctor or scientist to accomplish this. Do you want to be a life changer, a world changer?  Know that you already are and simply do your best to make positive changes that could be the domino effect that is needed. The coolest thing about understanding this theory is that even when we or others make decisions that we think will harm someone else (sometimes we do this intentionally) that it’s still up to the person being affected to choose the next step. We all are connected friend and in more ways than you may understand in this moment. Knowing this connection, isn’t it extremely important to remember to do unto others as you would want done unto you?

Look over your life and think about what small changes have happened that changed the system and changed you and then think about what decisions you can make going forward that may do the same for someone else. We all have a place in this system of life that we exist in and each and every last one of us have responsibilities to those who came before us, to those existing now and to those who come in the future now to be the butterfly who changes the tornado.

 “It used to be thought that the events that changed the world were things like big bombs, maniac politicians, huge earthquakes, or vast population movements, but it has now been realized that this is a very old-fashioned view held by people totally out of touch with modern thought. The things that really change the world, according to Chaos theory, are the tiny things. A butterfly flaps its wings in the Amazonian jungle, and subsequently a storm ravages half of Europe.”
Neil Gaiman, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

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