April 26, 2009

BYBS : The Butterfly Effect

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The Butterfly Effect, which is also the essence of the chaos theory, says that small variations in initial conditions can result in large variations in the system over a longer period of time. A movie by the same name came out in 2004, which used this concept to develop its storyline.

The Butterfly Effect seems to suggest that every little thing that we might have done in the past contributes to our present and our future. However, this makes it difficult to attribute any one single cause to our success or failure. There might be little things that we did, without giving them a second thought, that contributed to our success, or failure, as the case may be.

Thus, sometimes when things don't go according to plans, we find ourselves frustrated and angry. As far as we can see, we did all the things in the best possible manner, but the end results were contrary to our expectations.

I am talking about this subject because last week things did not go as per my expectations. A lot many things went wrong, and a few other things, I could have easily controlled, went out of hand. So, the end of the week found me sitting on my laptop, the word processor open, and wondering what I could write about as my blessing for the week. I mean I am a strong believer in the idea that no one can live through a whole week without having something nice happen to them. If you think you have had that kind of week, I will that you are not paying enough attention to the good things. But that is another debate, for another time...

So, there I was, sitting at my computer, wondering what I was going to write about. For a moment I wondered if I should even write anything in the first place. But all those thoughts were dispelled as easily as they had formed.

I also found what my blessing for the week was.

It was simply the ability to focus and stay on track. I admit I was guilty of a few things I did, that I could have done without. But the very fact that I have realised my mistakes, and plan to make amends in the coming days, is a great blessing for me.

For, as per the butterfly effect theory, I realise that these small things - which really have no great impact on my present - have the capacity to greatly alter my future in a way that I may not like. So, let us all make sure that we take care of the small things today, so that the bigger things in our future take care of themselves. Have a great week ahead!


PERBS said...

And besides giving us something to ponder, your blessing made me think of a blessing I had this week also when I thought I was too busy to have received a blessing. Thank you!

Daisy said...

Oh indeed! I have seen that movie, the butterfly effect and they thought he was making miracles! Instead, everyday we see miracles but we just do not recognize it and as Perbs said, we may be too busy to notice our blessings. I admit of this too as I havent posted any 5 thanks this week. But in the end I thank everyday for the life that I have.

Thanks for BYBS too for bringin people together! I hope more people will join in!

Anonymous said...

Its been a long time since I have read your blog and commented on it. But as they say better late then never. I guess you are blessed with something or the other everyday if you think in the terms that you have written. Life is a cycle of good and bad experiences, so one has to take it in the stride and move ahead.

SandyCarlson said...

It's all big. Or could be. May we always remember.

Great post. I am intrigued by chaos theory. Ever read The Seven Life Lessons of Chaos by John Briggs? Excellent text.

CyberCelt said...

Sounds like you had a bad week. Chaos rules in our universe and we just have to carve out a space where we have some control. In working, that is hard to do because so many other lives intersect with yours.

I am sure you will do whatever you need to do to put things right. Remember, to err is human, but to really screw things up takes a computer. LOL

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