".. I have this funny notion that people are connected to each other, that what happens to one person can change someone else.
Yeah, that's the butterfly wing effect, right? A small action somewhere changes something in the other part of the universe. That's so cliche."
Jon mentions me, Becky McCray and Jim Long in his example, which was beyond flattering.
"...if I started describing the yellow swallowtail I see in the backyard right now, while sitting in the old rocking chair that my grandfather sat in, and Susan Reynolds thought about it and decided to paint that butterfly, and then put the cards on her website, where Becky McCray ordered some to send a thank you to Jim Long for painting pictures with his words and images, which made Jim particularly motivated in his camera work so that he shot a visual meditation on yellow swallowtails . . .
. . . which was edited into the closing credits sequence at the end of the network news someday so that 2-3 million people watching were less cranky about the world when they sat down for supper and encouraged their kids instead of scolding them so that they did well on their tests the next day and school performance, just for a day, improved–would that be cliche?"
And that's beautiful and inspiring.
But that's not what's most notable about the article for me. It's that Jon's post brings a call to action. To do something - some tiny thing - that can cause ripples.
And to see the possibility of those ripples
Sometimes it seems as if people think only words spread ideas, but I see observed actions as agents for change as well.
Acting or not acting - what are the consequences?
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