The Butterfly Effect: What Will You Create?

The Butterfly Effect: What Will You Create?

“The soul has no secret that the behavior does not reveal”

Lao Tzu

During the COVID-19 pandemic, I had time to do something I haven’t really done since I was a teenager; watch lots of TV! While binge watching Ozarks and retightening my sisterlocs, I watched a scene where Marty talked about the butterfly effect. Then I remembered the movie, The Butterfly Effect and my mind started to wander…

Conceptually, the Butterfly Effect is when a small change in “one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state”. In other words, small causes may have momentous effects. The example most highlighted was a butterfly flapping its wings causing a tornado.

I began to think of small decisions or causes that have made momentous effects in my future;  writing a social media post about the ancestors, posting a selfie with a caption about wolves, actively responding to a inbox message from one man while overlooking another, or reading a particular book. All these singular, seemingly innocent, perhaps insignificant events have completely changed the trajectory of my life. I can reflect and identify the butterfly effect in my life. And now, I understand that what may seem to be an innocent, normal, or routine act or action has the potential to monumentally change my life.

Life is so beautiful. We are not innocent bystanders or unsuspecting civilian casualties of this sometimes war zone we call life. We are not mere victims of fate or puppets on God’s string. We have the ability to create and manifest the life of our dreams. We have the power to precipitate radical change in our lives. We must ask ourselves what seemingly small decision we make today will cause a monumental effect in our future? Because fate is fluid and destiny is in our hands


Kathleen Nicole

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