Be Aware of the Butterfly Effect…

The butterfly effect? What’s that? Well, to put it simply, it means that the tiniest thing you do can and will have an effect somehow, and all the little things (from you and others) add up to change the outcome – of events, situations, and even lives.

Nonsense? Maybe. But if you think back on your life, you will find that there were instance when something seemingly insignificant happened – which lead to something else, which lead to another, and…

Here you are. If that tiny, seemingly insignificant event hadn’t happened, would you be here?

Watch this video and decide for yourself (before we continue):

Ok, so there you have it.

But, you may ask, what does the butterfly effect have to do with you?

Well, normally, the things you do to and for others, and say to and about others, may not seem to have much of an effect.

But…

What if the person you are talking to is about to make a choice (a choice you may know nothing about)?

For instance:

What if the person wanted to go get a medical degree, and you caused him or her to doubt their ability, or to back away for fear of student debt?

What if the person you are talking to is on the edge about coming forward to talk about an abusive partner, and something you say creates the perception that you won’t take it seriously?

What if you say something which causes someone to sever ties with someone else (maybe someone you see as a bad influence), while that someone else may have changed for the better if he or she had the guidance of the one you are talking to?

In each of these cases, what’s the worst thing that can happen?

Number one could end up living a mediocre life. Not your fault – their own choice – but it may have started with a decision he or she made in the back of their mind while talking to you. Not to mention lives that may not be saved due to the doctor not being a doctor any more…

Number two could eventually commit suicide because she saw no way out…

In case number three, the party from whom your friend would distance herself/himself could end up going in the wrong direction, and become a hopeless drug addict…

Yes, none of that would be your fault. But how would you feel if you knew that you could have prevented it – by altering the chain of events right at the start?

Now…

I am the first to admit that there are times when you need to walk away to save yourself, or suggest that to someone who needs to hear it. But there are other times when you need to think…

Really think.

Before you speak or do, that is.

Because you may not know just how far down or indecisive the person is that you are talking to.

On the other side of the coin, though…

The tiniest, seemingly insignificant thing you can say to someone else can also have a positive effect.

You never know if a simple gesture or a few words can change the course of someone else’s life for the better.

And you also don’t know if something simple you said to did could be passed on to someone else, and how it could affect THEIR lives – but if you didn’t say or do it in the first place…

Whatever to do or say in life…

Remember the butterfly effect. And think before you act.

In conclusion:

A movie called “the butterfly effect” was also made a number of years ago – you may want to watch it if you can.

It may put all of this into perspective if you watch it.

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