A not very timely note

This was a blog I once wrote during my high school and early college years. I keep it around for nostalgic purposes, but it is quite obviously no longer updated. I am looking to make a more professional blog presence in the future, but I still like to look at where I was mentally at certain points in time.

- G. Jan 2013



Friday, January 2, 2009

"The Butterfly Effect" by G.

So I'm sure you've had it with the "Happy New Year's", so I'll spare you the overdone pleasantry, and get right into it. There seems to be a pretty big list of resolutions that people create at the start of a fresh year. Half the people who make these resolutions either try them and just let them go, or never start them at all. There is definitely a part of us that craves instant gratification, me included. But if you could get something that quickly, it probably isn't worth much in itself. So maybe we need a different perspective on all this. To accomplish that, lets briefly explain "The Butterfly Effect".

The Butterfly Effect is a notion that if a butterfly flapped its wings, it could cause tiny changes in the atmosphere that could change or prevent the occurrence of a tornado. But I'm not trying to bore you with theory. What I want you to take is that something very small could cause something very big. When we make our resolutions or goals, sometimes its tempting to make big leaps. These big leaps are more than often impossible or hard to stick to. To affect change in anything takes time, patience, and work. But if a butterfly can alter the path of a tornado, why can't your hard work now pay off with even greater rewards at the end?

Some people scoff at the idea of starting small. But starting small and enduring is ultimately better than going off like a rocket and fizzling a short time later. If the fable of the Tortoise and the Hare ever held water, it's with the process of achieving goals and making changes. You just have to believe that your small but strong actions today will eventually lead you to what you want. It's just one step at a time.

Good Luck.

G.

2 comments:

3POINT8 said...

wow, relating resolutions to the butterfly effect is a one thought provoking manner. You are right, perhaps we should all treat our small little goals a little more seriously as they do have the potential to be next big thing, yes?

G. said...

Hah you bet. I mean, everything big and everyone famous started out small. But something that is common with all these successes is that the people never stopped trying, no matter how many failures were thrown their way. All a person needs is that one little success, and like a chain of dominoes they'll build on that and go higher. And even in the end, despite our best efforts, we don't get to that goal, you can say with pride that you made a damn good effort, and that's better than many other people could say.