The Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews

What a stimulus for those of us who feel like our lives have no meaning. Oh, come on, admit it. I’m not the only one.

This  book traces the Law of Sensitive Dependence upon Initial Conditions in a few lives. For instance, The author makes the case that if Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain hadn’t held his men firmly in line at Gettysburg, July 2, 1863, North America would have become a fractured slew of several small countries and unable to save the world from extinction during World War Two.

I agree with his story while certain Canadian annoyances fester in my heart. (Americans joined the war at the last minute and contrary to popular American opinion, they did not save the world alone!)

That aside, I do get a new sense that living my life to its fullest does make a difference to the world. My smallest gesture is a life-changing moment impacting generations to come.

As the author says, everything we do matters. Every action we make, and every action we take matters to all of us, forever.

So what are you doing today that will make a difference everywhere? Everything.

Right now, Canadians are fussing over whether we should bother filling out census forms.  The government makes decisions based on  information gathered. Generations  have to live with those actions.

Yes, we matter. Our life matters. Every decision matters.  ‘Write’ on, Andy.

Brenda J. Wood