Do you remember these little stores in the malls named Successories? They were always tucked away in some corner, and they offered inspirational gifts, which were really popular in the 90’s. Well, Successories bit the dust some time back, only remerge as Simple Truths. Only available on line, they offer the same kind of material.
Somehow I got on their email list, and out of sheer boredom one day, clicked on the link to their website. I was impressed by what I saw, and, since they were offering some fantastic deals, I bought a few books. One of which was entitled, The Butterfly Effect. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but, since I like butterflies, I figured what the heck.
Well, I love this little book. I’m going to blog more about its contents later, but here’s the basics of the story.
In 1963, a scientist named Edward Lorenz presented a hypothesis to a distinguished academy of fellow scientists. His theory said:
A butterfly could flap its wings and set molecules of air in motion, which would move other molecules of air, in turn moving more molecules of air- eventually capable of starting a hurricane on the other side of the planet.
Lorenz was laughed out of the building. The others thought what he had proposed was impossible. For many years, the butterfly effect only showed up in comic books and science fiction, but no real scientists gave it much thought.
That was, until some thirty years later, when a group of physics professors came to the conclusion that the butterfly effect was authentic, accurate, and viable. Soon afterwards, it was given the status of a law, now known as The Law of Sensitive Dependence Upon Initial Conditions.
Now, you’re probably asking, what does that mean to me? The rest of this little book goes on to speak about the fact that everything we do matters. Every move we make, every action we take, matters.
There are generations yet unborn whose very lives will be shifted and shaped by the moves you make and the actions you take today. And tomorrow, and the next day. And the next.
You have been created as one of a kind. On the planet Earth, there has never been one like you… and there never will be again.
Your spirit, your thoughts and feelings, your ability to reason and act all exist in no one else. You have been created in order that you might make a difference.
Knowing this, would it make a difference in the way you live your life? How about the way you treat others? Maybe change the way you use our limited resources? You can do a lot with this, and I hope you will. I’m going to try…