The Butterfly Effect: Where Are You Today?
It is amazing how ignorant we sometimes are when making our choices. Many of us make our choices on a "hunch" not knowing what the effects of it will be on our life in the future. I am sure there are things you decided in your past that eventually led to where you are now.
A small example I can give from my personal life is few months back I decided to write on hubpages regularly. Until one day I fell sick last month, Then I stopped writing and decided that I will start writing again once I became fine. After I became fine, I did not continue writing. Because of that one choice I made to stop writing I missed out on gaining more momentum and more viewers and eventually more income residue. Not that it matters how much I earn here on Hubpages, but whatever it is that I could have gained if I continued writing after I became well is lost. I cannot turn back time.
of course I will move on in life, but there is no denying that I have wasted my time.
Your Most Valuable Possession Right Now.
Maybe I should change the subtitle and make it "Your Most Valuable Possession: Right Now." I guess this would ring more true. This present moment is all that we have. Yesterday is gone, and tomorrow has not come yet.
Many of us live in the fear and misgivings caused by the past and live in anxiety of what the future may bring, this greatly effects the choices that we make in our lives. Whether you like it or not, you may one day come to regret it.
A girl who was broken hearted early on in life can vow to never find another boyfriend, and conclude from that one experience that all men are selfish and heartless.There is a good chance that one day in her twilight years she will regret not finding a suitable partner and have a family.
From this we can conclude that we should make our choices rationally. Yes that man may have been selfish and heartless, but not all men are like that, what is past is past. It was a bitter experience but I have come out of it stronger and wiser and I shall now choose my partner more wisely.
The opposite is also true. We might live in the glory and happiness of the past and think that we will live happily ever after. This is a very dangerous step to take. One great example is Kodak. yes the film and photo company. When was the last time you heard someone use the phrase "Kodak smile"? If you are one of the generation Y you must be wondering what on earth does that mean.
Well let this old man explain you. Kodak made analog cameras and films and they were huge back in the 80s and 90s. when the era of digital cameras came, Kodak was resting on its laurels and did not bother to adapt because they were busy living in the glory and happiness of the past and thought that digital cameras were just a fad and that people will come back to using analog cameras. Well that attitude took over their rationality and they quickly went down the drain.
Always be rational and live in the present moment for it is the only thing you have. Anything bad or good that has happened in the past will not be forever. Things change. People Change. Everything changes. Change is the one and only constant.
The Small Choices We Make
It is very easy to take choices lightly, but the effect in the long term can be disastrous. Let us imagine for a second that there is an asteroid a million miles away hurling towards the earth, a mere 1 degree change in its course can save this earth from impending doom. 1 degree may not look like much but over time the effect can be greatly effected. It makes the difference between people coming together to see an asteroid passing through and people coming together to survive armagedon.
You may not realize this but the small choice of brushing our teeth every morning is the reason why we still have our teeth intact to our gums. Go do a Google search to see how it was during the pre- tooth brush and tooth paste era. Then you will realize what a big impact the small choice of brushing your teeth everyday makes. We may not realize it because it looks very small, but small choices can have a big impact over time.
The choices we make determine to a large extent our happiness and our unhappiness because we have to live the consequences of our choices.
So Many Choices
What we are today is a result of not one, but many choices that we took over time. This road that we walk has many branches along the way, it is not just one long and winding path. We are bound to come at crossroads in our lives, what we do then will make the difference in the long term.
It is all the small choices. The choice of getting up early every morning to practice a skill we want to hone, the choice of choosing that particular skill, the choice of the movie where you got inspired to hone that particular skill. All of this leads you to take action towards it. It is an accumulation of choices that has led you down to the path that you are today.
So be very careful of all the choices that you make today. Although it may not mean that much to you now, the butterfly effect it can have on your life is quite unpredictable and unprecendented.