Using the Butterfly Effect to make a Difference

A few days ago, my youngest cousin and I were discussing physics and philosophy. He is 10 so the conversations are a lot of him asking questions and me explaining then him arguing until he understands what I am saying. He then chooses weather he agrees or disagrees or somewhere in between.

When he was younger the topics were more focused on space theory, string theory, dark mater, and quasars. But as he has gotten older, we find ourselves discussing theories that are less main stream.

Somehow he over heard the saying about how a butterfly flapping its wings in Africa can cause a hurricane in the Japan. This conversation led to an in depth discussion regarding how little causes can have big effects, and how we may never know the full extend of the effects. Before I knew it, the conversation has slipped into holographic theory.

This conversation got me thinking, if a butterfly can cause a hurricane, why can’t the little things though out my day cause something equally as big but more positive? It does not have to be big to make a difference.

7 easy ways to make a difference

  1. Be Kind. If someone cuts you off, just move on. If someone upsets you, talk – don’t yell. Try kindness (honey in old your catch more bees with honey analogy) instead of anger or fear.
  2. Have fun every day. People who have fun are happier people and being happy makes all the difference in the world to the people around you.
  3. Support people who you like and love. Eat together, play games, buy their products, support their decisions, smile at them, and have fun with them.
  4. Do something every day that is not in your routine. Don’t get stuck. Do something spontaneous that makes you happy.
  5. Bake, or cook, or create something for someone having a hard day or just because.
  6. Listen. One day, I was at the fire station, I wanted to see how long people would talk without me saying anything other then, “yes” or “ok”. Someone talked to me for over 2 hours. You don’t have to fix everything or have an answer for anything or even an opinion, sometimes someone just needs to talk. You don’t have to take on their problems either, but a friendly ear can make a world of difference.
  7. Relax. Look at the stars, read a book, play a game, meditate, just relax. Relaxed people are not stuck in flight or fight may react to life differently. This makes happier people all around.

My conversations with my cousin are always interesting but also a little dangerous because sometimes we get stopped mid conversation then he has only a partial understanding of the subject. After the butterfly discussion, I overheard him explaining to someone how fish move around the sea without knowing it. :)

Adrienne :)

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