Weather is created by series of events and conditions. Pressure, temperature, and wind have to be just right to make or break storms. It is believed that the slightest change such as the flap of a butterfly’s wing can begin a chain of events that can ultimately lead to the formation of a hurricane across the world. In the scientific community refers this phenomena as Chaos Theory. This branch of mathematics understands that the slightest changes can have great cause and effect. When it is being utilized in predicting weather and climate it explains as to why weather will be forever an art and not a science. It could never be fully known as to what was the initial cause that created or stopped the formation of a hurricane in any location. When and where the butterfly flapped it’s wings that made the change in the wind patterns is impossible to identify. The first conception of Chaos Theory was theorized by Henri Poincare in the 1880s. However Chaos Theory would not make it into popular culture until the 1960s and 70s. It was at this time that Chaos Theory became also known as The Butterfly Effect which more studied the effects that each decision we make creates a chain of events that effect the course of history. Movies and television shows have explored this concept in comical and serious ways. For insistence: A man traveling back in time to see the dinosaurs and stepping on a bug; then returning to the future only to find his world completely altered.
The fascinating and perhaps sad apart about how The Butterfly Effect is that how a life impacts the world around them is not fully realized until after they are gone or perhaps never at all. A famous example is that of President John F. Kennedy whom through out most of his adult life lived with chronic back pain and wore a back brace all the time. The day he was killed he was wearing that back brace when he was shot twice. The first shot was non fatal. However President Kennedy was held upright by the heavy back brace. It is widely believed that if President Kennedy was able to bend forward then he would have survived the attack. It is all speculation but it still within the realm of possibility.
A less well known event that changed the course of events occurred two years ago. I answered a Tweet from a gentleman named Chuck Banks. We made a friendship. He grew in his mediumship abilities. I got to meet other paranormal investigators through him and started a blog called Paranormal Spot Light where I interviewed people about their work. That blog led me to meeting Dan Klaes and writing blogs for his website and also being offered to host my own radio show Beyond the Creed on the Crossroads Radio Network owned by George Turner whom I also met by interviewing him for Paranormal Spot Light. It wasn’t a plan or goal for any of these things to happen, that is how it all works. Chuck Banks, Dan, and George flapped their wings that their wing created the perfect storm of where I am today.
I’m sure anyone who is reading this is able to think back to a person or event in their life whom changed it for the better or worse. However, was it really that specific person that altered your life in some way. Have you ever left a store after waiting in line for a long time because the person ahead of you had heaps of coupons and the cashier was new and couldn’t get the coupons to register. When you finally leave the store you see a large accident that just happened on the road you need to turn on. I’m sure you have stopped to think if I came through here a moment sooner that could have been me in the accident. Was the person with the coupons that saved your life? Or was it the new cashier that saved your life. Was it the store manager that hired that cashier that caused you to be behind on your schedule? Was it the crazy coupon person’s neighbor that gave them the coupons that caused your delay? It is all but impossible to know just who was the one responsible for you to avoid that accident. It is the incredible thing about The Butterfly Effect it all matters and it all causes a change.
In the past I have questioned if my life has meant anything or has changed a life in a positive manner. I am sure I am not alone in this musing. Just about everyone on Earth wants to make a positive impact or close their eyes for the final time knowing that their life mattered to someone. From what I have learned from studying The Butterfly Effect is that everything we do matters. As soon as we all decided to get out of bed in the morning we have set fourth events that could eventually lead to a massive event in human history. It is OK that we as humans don’t always get to fully realize what kind of impact we have. I ask anyone to keep this in mind: We all have a limited time on this earth. Be mindful each and everyday as you flap your butterfly wings and set the wind in motion; for it will certainly lead to the creation of something grand. Just keep those butterfly wings flapping.