Social Butterfly?

Could we be butterflies – no, not ditzy, shallow social dabblers, but life changers?

You know – the Butterfly Effect, the idea that a butterfly flapping its wings in Tahiti can cause a tornado in Texas. That minute changes at source can magnify and cause huge results, which is why it so impossible to predict the future accurately, including the weather!

What if our slightest action may sway a balance? Maybe we aren't so powerless after all. Research has shown that in cities with a large number of meditators the crime rate drops.

Our take on life works the same way as our visual cortex. Apparently the world we see isn't there at all, just millions of energetic atoms dancing, which our eyes interpret as tables, roses or black cats. We construct our explanation of life and then look for proof. We all know people who give totally different accounts of the same event. My mother said she was surprised when she got home from a holiday, which she remembered as sunny and vibrant, to hear my father, who had sat beside her on the same beach, bewailing the endless rain.

So, if we create our world individually and my reality is not the same as yours, then we can choose to change how we interpret life. It may really matter how we see it. If we can create a peaceful narrative, may not that have a butterfly effect? Could we have the same power as a group of meditators? We have a choice, why not see the best in people, the kindness and the courage. Why not pay it forward to create a better world?



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About UntraveledRoads

Fascinated by life, looking for answers to chronic pain and finding unexpected gifts. Interested in people, ideas, healing and humour. I am very happily married with three children and a kitten. As English born immigrants to Canada, we have family spread overseas, a daughter in South Africa and one in England. We also run a charity in South Africa to educate black, rural South African Women. Our first girl from a rural township has just graduated as an accountant from Johannesburg University and got a good job in a bank.
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