Haiku: The Butterfly Effect
“It has been said that something as small as the flutter of a butterfly’s wing can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world.” Chaos Theory
We flit, here and there
Change one thing, change everything…
We are connected
our flapping wings, your big mouth
Chaos stirs within…
We are all connected because everything around us is energy… we just have to get there in our heads and hearts. This week’s writing challenge spoke to my heart. It was a great exercise on reflection and it stirred something deep inside of me. We move through this world alert or oblivious to the connections we all share. At any moment, our simple actions, our kind or wicked gestures, can lead to good or evil. Which one, is hard to tell. The butterfly effect is a fascinating concept and it gave me food for thought.
“The things that really change the world, according to Chaos theory, are the tiny things. A butterfly flaps its wings in the Amazonian jungle, and subsequently a storm ravages half of Europe.” Neil Gaiman
Our actions move things
Like a ripple in a pond
A slight shift, karma…
Each storm reminds us
Rainbows soothe earth’s darkest hours
One kiss heals our pain
I kept thinking about the slight shifts in the earth that lead to tremors, to earth quakes or even tsunamis. I think about how our actions and our words can lead to the dissolution of marriages and friendships, and even lead nations to war; a simple flap of our big mouth and rockets greet our day. The butterfly flits from here to there innocently spreading floral and fumes of chaos. How does this play out in your life? What triggers that ripple effect around you?
“Each smallest act of kindness, reverberates across great distances and spans of time –affecting lives unknown to the one whose generous spirit, was the source of this good echo.” Dean Koontz
We flit in darkness
One day, sweet moon fell to earth
We sought a rainbow
Offered sweet honey and love
A new day will dawn…
As this poem/haiku percolated in my head, I knew I wanted a brighter ending. It is my wish that our future as members of the human race is not one of abject darkness. There is enough chaos in our world and I don’t pretend to have the answers, but I believe in the beauty of the human heart and, like a rainbow on a cloudy day, we will find a way to bring light to earth’s darkest hour. What did this haiku bring to mind for you? Do you understand the butterfly effect and it’s connection to chaos theory? How are we all connected?
This post was inspired by a Daily Post Prompt:Haiku: The Butterfly Effect
For this week’s writing challenge, tell us about your own Butterfly Effect. What’s one small change that could have happened in your life, and how could that have affected everything that you know?
Forget the trope of traveling backwards in time, travel into the future and explore one decision you’ve made today that might have a huge effect on your life in 10, 20, 30 years.
The concept of everything being connected — or everything being one — can be pretty emotionally invigorating for some. Do you think everything and everyone is connected? How do you relate to that idea?
Take things to a grander scale. Imagine one small change in the history of the planet, and venture into some science fiction about how things would be different. Similarly, conjure up a few characters and, in your tale, explore how one’s activity may relate to another, and so on.
Positive Motivation Tip: Everything is connected because everything around us is energy… we just have to get there in our heads and hearts.