Sometimes when you are running against the crowd, doing something different, standing up for your principles, it can feel a little bit overwhelming. It feels like you are not really making a difference in the world, and for some of us that is something we yearn to do.
At times like that – remember the Butterfly effect.
I could give you a scientific explanation for the butterfly effect, but at it’s most basic level it describes the theory that a tiny action or shift in thinking can cause a much larger reaction somewhere else sometime in the future.
This is exciting. It means that every decision you make, word you speak, or action you take does make a difference to the world and your experience of the world - no matter how small it may seem at the time.
In terms of wellness this means for me that every decision I make to relax, eat something healthy, or ignore a negative thought will affect how I experience my life in the future.
One of my dreams is to help others live a healthier and happier lifestyle. It is so encouraging to remember that my small changes can make a difference. A quick chat at the work lunchroom table about how delicious my lunch looks (which happens to be vegan), could lead to someone trying one healthy meat free recipe. They could mention our discussion to one other person and so the chain of events begins.
Every little thing you do makes a difference and can cause far reaching changes and improvements in your world, although you may not see it now.
For a deeper discussion of this, do read this article by Kathy Freston in the Huffington Post.
You do make a difference.