A.PROMPTreply was prompted by A Momma’s View to write about what I consider to be the purpose of my life. I was gobsmacked when I first received the challenge. I couldn’t imagine how I could ever write this up. But in thinking about it for a few days, I’ve come up with the following as a way to explain my view.
A few years ago, I read a book by Andy Andrews called, “The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters.” (Let me just say here, if you haven’t read this, you need to. It’s a very quick read at just over 100 pages.)
This book really resonated with me, I think, because ultimately it sums up how I view the world and my place in it. Basically, the book uses historical examples to show how even the smallest of our actions can affect the world for years to come. This is mainly how I live my life now…thinking that even the smallest things I do matter not only now in the interactions I have each day, but very well may impact things down the line.
As a parent, a wife, a daughter, a sister, and/or a friend, I’m not always front-and-center in a given situation. Sometimes, I’m just supporting cast or even stage crew. But even behind the scenes, I add touches here and there, provide care, steer things in different directions, make plans, and keep things moving along. Even when someone I know is tossed one of life’s curve balls, I generally try and find a way to make a difference and add something positive to the situation at hand. It’s my belief that the small touches I contribute make a difference. First, perhaps by teaching someone something new, shouldering a burden with someone, or adding my vehemence to someone else’s quest, my action/response is perceptible at the level it’s given.
After that, the response I made will be reacted on or responded to by someone else who will pass on that response/reaction to the next person with their own level of feeling and so on, and so on. The reactions continue until they reach the place where their impact is most needed/desired/used and a new outcome is demonstrated or path created. Hence, my initial contribution is now in a place I’ll probably never see and yet, the early ripples I created are having impact. This is the butterfly effect.
Of course, this butterfly effect goes both ways….your negative actions also have huge impacts – impacts you may never see but the effects of which could resonate for years. Therefore, it is quite important that we think about our actions and be sure that we’re making good decisions and not just reacting in the heat of the moment. For me, at least, this is always a work in progress.
This is how I live. Me, in my own world doing the things that I do, making the choices I make, influencing the people around me, and understanding that the ripples from my ‘wing flutters’ will be more far-reaching than I’ll ever know is more than enough purpose for me.
Stepping out of my usual form with this one, I would like to tag Joanne Sisco over at My Life Lived Full and Carol over at Which Way Now 101 to take on this challenge. Carol, however, is currently a one-armed blogger so we understand it might be a while before she can get to this. No pressure, Joanne and Carol, but I’d really enjoy hearing what you come up with. I’m sure you’ll both have a MOST interesting take on things!