Recently I came across an interesting thread on quora related to the Butterfly Effect.
The Butterfly Effect is a concept that was invented by the American meteorologist Edward N. Lorenz. It was initially articulated in connection with the problematics of weather prediction. It suggests that how small changes at one place can lead to large differences. Eventually people started using this metaphor outside the area of sophisticated scientific context.
Now I am not a person who is very much into science (despite being an engineer, and I swear I am not proud of it). I have always been more inclined to thinking almost all the things from an emotional perspective. So, after understanding the general concept of this theory, my mind as usual wandered from its scientific implications and I started applying it to everyday stuff. It reminded me of the lines from Rachel Platten’s fight song-
Like a small boat, on the ocean
Sending big waves, into motion
Like how a single word
Can make a heart open
I might only have one match
But I can make an explosion
Apparently, and as experienced, taking action, no matter how insignificant it may seem at the moment, is the crux of moving forward. Because to achieve something requires continuous efforts and perseverance. You want to lose weight, you’ve got to start regular workouts. The results are not immediate, but worth perspiring for. You want to buy something big, you’ve got to start saving little by little. You want to master a skill, you’ve got to work at it regularly. Or as my mom says to me from time to time with those eyes, “Your wardrobe won’t clean itself, start doing it. Don’t make me come to your room.”
Being a Potterhead, I will quote Dumbledore again- “It is our choices, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities”. Building on this, when we choose to act over something, we get closer to achieving it. As someone who is healing from a hitch, it took me time to get back on track, but I have finally understood the importance of taking action and I know that these small steps will lead to something big.
PS. Do read about the Butterfly Effect. Who knows, you will also be able to get that dose of positive motivation like I did. Also, it is damn interesting, especially for all the science buffs.