When I first heard the concept of the "Butterfly Effect", I thought that it sounded really hokey. You know the concept--it states that a butterfly flapping its' wings in South America can create a tornado in India. Well, once I realized that it is a metaphor for how something small can make such a big difference, I really got on board with this. How brilliant!!
I am constantly reminded of how a small change can create a much bigger effect. The small act of brushing one's teeth every day prevents tooth decay, lost teeth, and even heart problems, while producing the effect of a beautiful smile! The habitual act of writing a small amount every day will eventually turn into a book. The daily positive reinforcements you give to your children result in a self-confident and happy adult when they grow up. The list just goes on and on.
Margaret Mead is quoted as saying, "A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the ony thing that ever has." Many little girls say they want to make a difference in the world when they grow up. They want to help people and do something of significance during their lifetimes. I would like to introduce you to someone who has done that and is still doing that. Maggie Doyne has built a home for orphaned children in Nepal and lives there raising these children. Their futures would be bleak without Maggie's influence. Some of the girls had been sold as domestic servants before coming to live with Maggie in the Kopila Valley Children's Home. As if that is not enough, she also built a school to educate children, especially girls in this country, going against the popular teaching styles which employ corporal pushishment, intimidation and humiliation. Maggie's school encourages creative thinking and positive reinforcement to foster a love for education and learning. Maggie did not wait until she had "all her ducks in a row", nor did she wait until she had completed all her education before sticking a toe in the water to see if she could do something. She saw a dire need and she is actually addressing that need NOW, little by little, and she started doing this at age 19. Maggie is now all of 23 years old and she has already accomplished so much: little by little, day by day, dollar by dollar donation. Maggie was recently honored by gracing the cover of the New York Times Magazine which featured her work and the works of others with D.I.Y. Foreign Aid. Please read Maggie's blog on her website to see what she is doing to change the lives of the children in Nepal and realize that one person can really make a HUGE difference. She is an inspiration to all. Yes, the world can be changed by one person. Yes, the Butterfly Effect lives!
Now that you are aware of the Butterfly Effect, how does that change your life? How will you flap your wings and create the tornado in another part of the world? What action will you take now--a little at a time to create a big shift? I would love for you to leave comments and share what actions you will take to realize your dreams and create some positive change in the world. I can't wait to see what you are up to!