October 22

Haiku: The Butterfly Effect

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“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

Haiku: The Butterfly Effect
Haiku: The Butterfly Effect

We flit, here and there
Change one thing, change everything…
Butterfly effect

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

Haiku: The Butterfly Effect
Haiku: The Butterfly Effect

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?
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“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

Haiku: The Butterfly Effect
Haiku: The Butterfly Effect

We flit in darkness
One day, sweet moon fell to earth
Sunshine vacated…

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.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos: Butterfly effect One and Two Ripple effect, from  Wikipedia

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet


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  • Nice that you ended with the happier ripple effects of one small kindness. But I love that you compare the flutter of a butterfly to a “big mouth.” Talk about a ripple effect….. 🙂

  • IT is true everything is connected and now with technology we are way to connected.

  • I like the photos. It is true about the ripple effect from one small action or word.

  • It really is amazing how the tiniest of things can cause big changes. Love your haiku, I have never been very good with poetry.

  • I remember a quote that one flap of a butterfly could change how things end up. This is somewhat through as all actions have consequences.

  • Uh, wow. I have to think, what one small thing could have changed everything? OH! I know! If I hadn’t gotten engaged in high school I wouldn’t have had my first son, then I wouldn’t have gone to college to meet my now husband and have five more kids!

  • Ha! I love write ups like this. It makes you think all day and keeps our eyes open for what could be the next cause and effect! Love it!

  • I do think there is something to Chaos Theory. What we do certainly does have an impact on the world around us, whether we realize it or not!

  • This is a really great post. I would say one of the biggest things for me would have to be getting the internet. If I’d never gone online, I’d have never met my awesome girlfriend of 15 years. Love that chick.

  • Thank you so much for your motivational post. I never knew all of that about the butterfly effect.
    Terri Beavers

  • This is a really insightful post. I enjoyed it a lot. You’re so right to…something like our big mouths can affect others in tremendous ways…just like a flap of a butterflies wings. Thank you for sharing.

  • I loved the photos and I love butterflies. Although they are small and short lived they impact the environment as we all do.

  • I have always been fascinated by the butterfly effect, It is so amazing to know that one word spoken, or one thing moved can cause such a whirlwind of things set into action.

  • This post makes you really think, that people make choices, doesn’t matter if it’s good or bad and don’t think about how it will effect themselves or the people around them. great post.

  • I totally believe this. The energy we put out is so important because it can totally create circumstances that either nurture or destroy us. This also reminds me of one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books “Because the Little Bug Went Kerchoo!” One little bug sneezes and the effects are widespread.

  • This haiku really gets you thinking. I wonder what life would have been like if I had a relationship with my father.

  • I try to be aware of the vibes I’m putting out in the world. As someone who has worked customer service for more than 10 years I know a stranger’s kindness (or lack thereof) can make or break your day.

  • I have to admit, Haikus are always a mystery to me. They are so simple in structure but I cannot seem to be able to construct one successfully. My kids find that very funny.

  • I love the Dean Koontz quote. I try to always do good, even the smallest of happy you can give a person makes your day better too. It sounds hokey, I know, but I’m okay with hokey. 🙂

  • Wonderfully written! The little things in life are all that matter most of the time. It really makes you think!

  • Everything you do sets you down a certain path. It would be wonderful to go back and change some things, but you’d never know what you might miss if you’re on a different path.

  • I agree! One of my philosophies is that decisions define destiny. Even the smallest choice can take us in an unexpected direction that may affect our own lives or those around us, for better or worse.

  • I love this post! Everything really does affect us in some way, no matter how big or small.

  • I’m saving this for myself. Random acts of kindness have really been on my mind the last few days…time to make some ripples!

  • so true. sometimes we don’t know how such a little thing can make a huge difference, good and bad.

  • This was a wonderful article and gives me alot to think about. It is so true when you say that what we do and say leaves a lasting impact on more than just us. Thank you for sharing

  • I love how you made this one – its so complicated for me but I always appreciate your words for it.

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