Supposedly there was a conversation between some scientists, and one posed a question: “If a butterfly flaps his wings in one remote location could it cause a tornado in another?” (Not an exact quote, but think Tokyo and Tennessee.)
It’s a cool and intriguing idea rooted in what is called chaos theory, but the bottom line truth is “not exactly;” in fact, not even close. No, a butterfly flapping its wings doesn’t cause tornadoes across the world; BUT, small actions can indeed cause larger, sustained ones.
If a butterfly is too much of a stretch, maybe think ‘ripple effect” like a big rock thrown into a pond. The encouraging application of this is that you and I can be the rock (or butterfly wings) that cause an after-effect.
Your seemingly small kindness toward someone today can make a BIG difference in someone else. Taking a few minutes to reach out to someone could be remembered for YEARS to come.
While we can’t prove the impact of a flapped butterfly wing, we can personally prove the ‘ripple effect’ of kind deeds and words. What are some of the memories YOU have of kind things people said or did to you? Think back, as far back as you can.
I know I remember when I was just 5 years old, I was walking home from school on a snowy, winter, Cleveland day. I slipped on the ice and went down…no sooner had I landed, a man walking behind me just reached down, grabbed my coat by the shoulders and bounced me back up.
He paused just long enough to see that I was ok, and off he went. I never knew his name, couldn’t recall his face, yet I remember that encounter that was maybe 90 seconds long, almost 60 years later!
When the moments present themselves today, say the kind word, do the small kind gesture…you never know what memories you’ll create or ripples you will start! YOU can make a difference for someone else today.