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The Butterfly Effect: How You’ve Already Changed The World


Mathematician Edward Lorenz once said, “The fluttering of a butterfly’s wing in Rio de Janeiro, amplified by atmospheric currents, could cause a tornado in Texas two weeks later.”

While this might seem rather unlikely, he was on to something. Stay with me, here.

Edward loved math. (I know. I don’t understand it, either.) He was a master at computer modeling and was fascinated by the fact that our weather could be predicted using equations. One frigid winter afternoon in 1961, he was testing computer simulations (it was too cold to be outside, of course) to understand how certain variables affected weather patterns. In one particular simulation, he rounded just one of 12 variables from .506127 to .506 thinking it would speed things along. Surely that won’t make a difference, he assumed. It turned out, however, that this seemingly insignificant change completely transformed two months of simulated weather pattern predictions.

It was at this moment that he realized that the tiniest change could completely alter the course of history. He called it the butterfly effect.

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Meaning, everyday actions that you think of as insignificant can set off a chain of events that change the world forever. And, every little thing you do matters in a really big way.

This is something we all need to remember, especially during those frustrating moments when we feel like what we’re doing is meaningless.

You must know that you are changing the world! With every smile you give, every seed you plant, every animal you help, and every beach you clean, you are creating ripples that will be felt on earth for the rest of time.

Please know that every little thing you do changes the world in ways you can’t even imagine.


“You could not remove a single grain of sand from its place without thereby… changing something throughout all parts of the immeasurable whole.” Johann Gottlieb Fichte

Now, take a moment to think of all the little things you’ve done for the greater good and imagine the ripples you’ve set in motion across the planet. Carry that feeling with you forever.


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