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The Wings of a Butterfly

Updated on August 20, 2013

It has been said that the only things that are certain are death and taxes. I disagree with that. I think the only thing that is certain is change. If you look around you, everything is changing, every moment that we exists. The universe is constantly in a state of change. It started 90 gazillion years ago with the big bang and is continuing today. There are new planets, stars and galaxies being formed and old ones are dying even as I write this or you read it.

All of Life is an Illusion!
All of Life is an Illusion! | Source

What the Buddhist Believe

The Buddhist believe all of life is an illusion because of change. It is like water in a stream or waterfall that is constantly changing. Because of its constant movement it is changing in itself and changing everything that it touches. If you gather water in bucket and just leave it, the water will evaporate over time. But every change makes a difference, no matter how big or how small.

It's a Wonderful Life

Jimmy Stewart made a film in the late forties called It's a wonderful life. It's about a business man during the depression that is just about ready to lose everything and is in total despair. He is on a bridge contemplating whether he should jump into the icy water below. when he is approached by his guardian angel. The angel shows him how life would have been without him and how it affects everything and everybody around him. He would not have married his wife; his children would not have been born, and he would not of had his business. After seeing that, he realizes that he can make a difference. He goes back home and starts his life over again and becomes a huge success. View the trailer below.

Random Acts of Kindness

When we make a positive difference, it makes us not only feel better, but everybody around us, because it is for the greater good. That's what random acts of kindness are all about.

I was doing my exercise walk one day when I saw a car parked with a police car behind it. As I approached, I saw the hood up on the car and the officers were working on the engine. They had a can of gasoline. I asked them what was wrong and they said they can't get this car started and were about ready to pour the gasoline in the engine. I said wait don't do that, it will just flood the engine even more. I told the driver to hold the accelerator pedal to the floor and crank the engine. After a few cranks, it started right up. The officers and driver thanked me and I was on my way. It made me feel good and I'm sure they felt good as well.

Creating things Bigger Than Yourself

When people climb Mount Everest and they reach the top, they feel a sense of great exhilaration, because the have overcome the chance of not making it to the top. They have overcome the challenge. We are challenged everyday by situations not as big as mount Everest, but nevertheless overcoming those challenges makes a difference. In the T.V. Series Roots, when Kunt Kente was born, his father held him up to the night sky and said behold the only thing bigger than yourself. When we overcome challenges, I believe we are creating things bigger than ourselves.

The Monarch Butterfly

I was at Pismo beach California for my daughters wedding and we had sometime off the day before the wedding. We found there was event about the Monarch butterflies returning to Pismo beach. We went to were the oak grove was and there were literally thousands of monarch butterflies flapping their wings in the trees.


The Flapping Wings of the Monarch Butterfly
The Flapping Wings of the Monarch Butterfly | Source

I thought to myself, I heard saying about the wind created from the flapping wings of a butterfly could change the weather patterns thousands of miles away by just disturbing the air currents and I thought this is the perfect metaphor for making a difference no matter how big or how small the change is that you make.

So the next time you don't thing that you are making a difference, just think about the wind currents from the flapping wings of the butterfly and how that small change can affect weather patterns thousands of miles away. You don't have to be the President of the United States to make a change, just think of the butterfly and its flapping wings.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Beautiful. I love the monarch butterfly metaphor. Sometimes, we all wonder if what we do makes a difference or has any impact on the world around us. I suppose that feeling of doubt is human nature. We are all so resistant to change, after all. Your hub reminds me that everything we do impacts the universe. Thank you for your beautiful sentiments. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Mike Russo 4 years ago from Placentia California

      donnah75: Thank you so much for your comments. I'm glad my hub made a difference for you. Thanks for the votes.

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      integrations 4 years ago

      Thank you for your meaningful words Dad. If ever there was a time in my life where I needed this reminder it's now. YOU writing this article has created a difference.

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      Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      I happen to be of the thinking that it is the small changes that we make and create in our lives that effect us the most.

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      Mike Russo 4 years ago from Placentia California

      Lipnancy: I agree with you. I find that some of the small changes I make in my thinking are the ones that affect me the most and usual in a positive way. Thanks for your comments and have a great day.

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      toknowinfo 4 years ago

      Wonderful piece of inspirational writing. You are right, change is inevitable. and it is the little changes that make a difference. You brought to mind about about the effect change can have. One is a saying that says, "save one person, and you save the world". We don't have to be leader of the free world to make a difference. We just have to do little positive things and because we are a connected world, we will all eventually feel the good effects. Thanks for a well done article. Voted up, beautiful, awesome, and interesting. Congratulations on your daughter's wedding. I hope you enjoyed and that all is good with you and your family.

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      Mike Russo 4 years ago from Placentia California

      toknowinfo: Thank you so much for your kind comments. Yes, we enjoyed our daughter's wedding immensely. It was a beautiful setting on a bluff overlooking Pismo Beach. You have given me an idea. I might do a hub about her wedding and share it with everybody. Thanks for the voting and Happy Easter to you and your family.

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      toknowinfo 4 years ago

      I look forward to reading your hub about your daughter's wedding. I am glad to know it was such a perfect day and hopefully the start to a beautiful life for them together. Happy Easter to you too.

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      Mike Russo 4 years ago from Placentia California

      toknowinfo: My daughter is an event planner and my son-in-law is a graphic designer. They both worked on the wedding months in advance. We have many pictures that I can use for a hub. Have a great week.

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      Mike Russo 3 years ago from Placentia California

      This is another one of those hubs where I had too many Amazon books selected. I reduced it to two and I'm sharing it with everybody. Let's see if Hub Pages will now list it as featured.

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      rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      I enjoyed reading this article and I couldn't agree with you more! Every decision we make, impacts the world around us in some small way. Sometimes it can have a positive affect and other times it could be negative. Regardless, change is essential because in many ways it is what gives us strength and hope, but, it also teaches us the necessary lessons that we as human beings must learn in order to improve and continue moving forward. Many of us are resistant to change but it is necessary. Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

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      Mike Russo 3 years ago from Placentia California

      Thank you Rose for your insightful comments. and the votes.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi peoplepower73, I totally agree with the sentiments in this article that one small act of kindness can have a huge flow on effect and the butterfly flapping its wings can affect weather patterns.

      I wrote a poem with a similar theme "I Laughed a Smile." There is also a wonderful video on the hub demonstrating the amazing effect of one small act of kindness. Voted this up.

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      Mike Russo 2 years ago from Placentia California

      Jodah: Thanks for your comments. I'll have to look at your hub. Great minds do think alike!.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Hi Mike, this is interesting, I do believe that every RAK (Random Act of Kindness has a domino effect.

      voted up, UAI and shared.

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      Mike Russo 2 years ago from Placentia California

      As always Shyron. Thank you for stopping by voting and sharing this hub. It really doesn't many views, but maybe with your sharing it will. Take care my friend.

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      Lee Cloak 2 years ago

      A very important article here, very well done, the Monarch butterfly part I find extremely thought provoking, a really great read packed full of wonderful sentiment, thanks for sharing your thoughts, voted up, Lee

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      Mike Russo 2 years ago from Placentia California

      Lee: Thank you so much for stopping by. I'm honored to have someone from Ireland comment on my hub. I love the Irish for their thoughtfulness and Guinness beer...my favorite.

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      A beautiful piece, love how you ended with the butterfly analogy. And I like how you included It's A Beautiful Life movie.

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      Mike Russo 2 years ago from Placentia California

      Oh thank you Rebecca. i'm glad you enjoyed the piece. i think we all make a difference no matter how small. Thank you for dropping by.

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