"Maybe you can't change the whole world," my mother once told me, "but you CAN change your corner of it."
But when you change your corner of the world, you DO change the world.
Have you ever heard of the Butterfly Effect? In 1961, MIT Meteorologist Edward Lorenz developed a complex computer program for predicting the weather. The program would accept a dozen numbers representing weather conditions, perform some difficult calculations and then produce a weather model, or forecast. To test the program, Lorenz ran a set of figures through the computer. The next day, he ran the same scenario to verify the previous result – but to his astonishment, the outcome was completely different. When he checked his data, he discovered that a number entered to 6 decimal places the first day had been entered to just 3 decimal places the second day. It was a tiny difference, but it produced a huge effect on the outcome. Lorenz’s experience led him to wonder, could something as gentle as the flap of a butterfly's wings over Brazil trigger a tornado in Texas weeks later – the Butterfly Effect.
If the Butterfly Effect applies to weather, surely it applies to people too. “Maybe you can’t change the whole world, but you can change your corner of it,” my Mom told me. But with our own unique attributes, attitudes and actions, each of us has the potential to be the butterfly that triggers the tornado. So by changing just our corner of the world, we have the potential to change the world.
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