Are you familiar with the butterfly effects? In fancy terms, it’s a property of chaotic systems that believes that small changes in initial conditions can lead to large-scale and unpredictable variations in the future state of the system. Now in simpler terms, it’s the idea that small things can have big effects. The name comes from the image of a butterfly that causes a typhoon by simply flapping its wins.
We all should consider the butterfly effect in the way that we live our lives. The effect teaches is that even the small things matter. Everything we do matters and is connected to a bigger system. What we do today has a reaction of its own while also being the result of previous actions and so on. Remember that even with a small gesture, you have the power to change someone’s life, and these stories are the proof.
No Such Thing As Coincidences, No Matter How Small
“When I was in 8th grade (13 years old) I had a really long bus ride home so would pass the time by reading. One day I faced the very serious situation of nothing to read and had a minute to grab something in the library, and for whatever reason I grabbed a book on astronomy. That book was amazing and grabbed me like nothing else had before. I remember being excited to realize every astronomer on Earth was 13 years old once too, and that was a career you could actually do, even if you were from Pittsburgh.
Anyway, today I am a professional astronomer who studies gigantic space explosions for a living. There was a lot of work to get from that moment to this one, but I’m always grateful that I picked up that library book!” – Andromeda321 / Reddit