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You know what I’ve been reflecting on lately? Butterflies.

It could be because it finally feels like spring is just around the corner. I’ve seen the birds make their way onto our patio, getting closer and closer to the window peering in at me, as if to say “ya, about that bird seed….where is it?”  Apparently I’ve trained them well.

I’ve been taking in all of the changes around me.  I find myself inspecting the trees waiting for the new “buds” to appear.  I’ve seen more flies and bugs show up and think, “there you are”.   I’ve watched the snow creep back from the side of the road, little by little, day by day.

Then as usual, my mind begins to wander further down the path of my deep processing thoughts.


My natural tendency is to pay attention to what’s happening in my life and take it to a bigger picture.  Recently I’ve been in tune with something that is just so amazing to me.  In a number of recent situations where I took some seemingly small action, I’ve noticed that those small choices ultimately resulted in a huge ripple effect.

The butterfly effect.  I remember learning about this a number of years ago.  The butterfly effect is “a small change at one place in a complex system that can have large effects elsewhere”.  For example, a butterfly flapping its wings in Rio de Janeiro might change the weather in Chicago.

Some examples of my personal butterfly effects yielding positive outcomes lately:

– Reaching out and supporting some friends in need, each of which were facing their own unique tough challenges and what that meant to them

– Giving of myself in my volunteer work with kids and seeing the difference it makes

– Re-connecting with an old friend which ended up being super timely

– Sharing words of kindness and forgiveness resulting in closure and peace for another.

So I encourage you as spring reminds us of new beginnings….when you can, be the butterfly.

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