Butterfly Effect

Are you familiar with that expression? The Butterfly Effect? In simple form, it says a butterfly flaps its wings in South America, and the resulting ripples give birth to a hurricane off the coast of Africa.

I don’t know if that is literally true or not, but I do understand that everything in the world is connected. Snow in Minnesota visits Louisiana as flooding in the spring. One assassin shoots the Archduke Ferdinand in Sarajevo and touches off a World War. The temperature of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of South America impacts the amount of rain that falls in Iowa.

You may never have the opportunity to run into a burning building and save a life, but you can do a small kindness to others around you; hold open a door, offer a kind word to an over-worked retail clerk, give an extra big tip to your table server at the restaurant.

You may never know the impact your tiny butterfly stroke of a kindness will produce. Don’t let that stop you. Do all the kindnesses you can, whenever you can, toward whomever you can. And do it all as if you are doing your kindness to God.


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