The Butterfly Effect

Monarch Butterfly, copyright Ellen Wilson

“Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.”

Henry Adams

If you want to live, embrace the unknown.  Stay in the now, and let life do life.  All too often we become mired in the fear of the future, or the regret of the past.  We want to nail things down and have it all laid out in a GRAND PLAN.

Sometimes our plans go awry, and we still have to pick up the pieces and go on.  For instance, let’s take writing.  Writing is hard work, and it sometimes doesn’t go as planned.  So I really don’t know exactly how this piece will turn out, but I can only give it breath to spread its wings.

Brett Legree, author of 6 Weeks, recently wrote a post about the Butterfly Effect.  I said I would like to go on with that idea, and he said that would be great.  I could put my own personal spin on it.

The blogosphere is a big world.  A choatic world.  I met Brett over at Men with Pens, as I have other great writers.  Writers who are beginning to weave their words, or practice their art.   I admire these people and champion their efforts.

Because it is all about interconnection.  Otakuyeowasin.  Chaos is not something that happens in a vacuum, we all touch eachother somehow, though sometimes it is impossible to say just how.

But I do know this.  Recently Brett posted an article about a friend of his whose brother won a Canadian medal of honor for saving his mother, while losing his own life, in a burning house.  The trouble is, no one really cared about this person before this medal.  But suddently this so called medal, this badge of honor, made this person someone everyone could reflect on.  As if the medal made the person.

This story hit one of my sore spots.  And after reflecting on this article, I had some psychological revelations of my own, which caused me some pain, but was good for my growth.  And we all know about growing pains.  Unfortunately we still get them after we grow up.

The butterfly wing touched me gently, and the winds of change blew on.

In flies Friar, who feels like an ugly duckling blogger.  Of course he is a swan, but he is new to blogging and feels like he is swimming in circles, in chaos.   Friar is a great artist and is practicing his craft in the blogosphere.  He is finding his way.  I admire his spirit and the fact that he can embrace chaos and practice his art.   Friar is the author of The Deep Friar.  Check out his crispy words, tasty tidbits and wicked sense of humor.  He’s got a lot on his mind.

Because out of chaos springs life.

I was going to go one about the scientific implications and structure of the Butterfly Effect and Chaos Theory, but my post did not evolve that way.  All I need to say now is that it is all contingent on the sensitive dependence of intitial conditions – meaning of course, it all starts somewhere and evolves into something…

You get my point.  You are the butterfly that makes the change of all our interconnections.  Spread your wings and see where they take you.

Photo Credit: © Ellen Wilson

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