March 6, 2008
Butterfly effect: “…the idea that a butterfly’s wings might create tiny changes in the atmosphere that ultimately cause a tornado to appear (or prevent a tornado from appearing)…had the butterfly not flapped its wings, the trajectory of the system might have been vastly different.” (from Wikipedia)
This post is about choices. Small choices we make – what we eat, what we do, where we live, how we act, what we say, what we write – can have far reaching effects on our lives, and the lives of others.
This post is also about change. It is never too late to change. The path is not set in stone. This I believe to be true.
We all make choices, practically every second of our waking lives. Perhaps many, or even most of them may not seem important. I ask you to take a moment, to pause and think again.
Small choices can and do lead to monumental changes.
A long time ago, I had a simple choice to make. A friend asked me if I wanted to go to a party. I met my wife at that party, and today we have four beautiful children together. Those children would not exist today, had I made a different choice in that split second, and stayed in that night.
My life was forever changed by that simple choice, and for that I am grateful.
No matter how small your choice, how small your action may seem, it can have far reaching effects. It can totally alter your life course.
And this is a beautiful thing. It can start simply with an idea. A positive idea for change. A kind word to someone you know. A helping hand. And it can grow exponentially, into something much bigger than all of us.
More recently, I made another small choice. For some time, I knew I was missing something. I was not doing what I am meant to be doing. I decided that I wanted to start writing again, for pleasure. I started writing in my spare time, and I had some ideas, but I did nothing more with them.
At the beginning of this year, I decided to start participating actively in the blogging world, by commenting. Just a small step. The flap of a wing, so to speak.
Slowly, the wind started to pick up. The leaves in the trees started moving, back and forth. I started the blog you are now reading. People started to encourage me. And that is a great thing.
One small choice has made all the difference. I decided to change, at that moment. My path is forever altered, and for that I am grateful.
Decide, right now, to make a positive choice and take one small action. It will forever change your life path.
Perhaps you agree with what I have said, or not – that is up to you.
I choose to believe that life is what we make of it. And the small things can make all the difference.