The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough. ~Rabindranath Tagore
The butterfly effect is describes the phenomena in chaos theory when a small seemingly insignificant event creates a cascading series of outcomes with a different result than might otherwise have occurred. It goes something like this, a tiny event at one place (the flutter of a butterfly’s wings) in a complex system may contribute to significant effects elsewhere in the ecosystem. A person jogging in Boise, Idaho alters the air current which inevitably causes a hail storm in Bavaria.
A quote sometimes attributed to Margaret Mead says it in a similar way, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
A smile? A cheerful wave? Holding the door for someone? Writing a thank you note?
What is your butterfly effect?