The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up. -Paul Valery

In chaos theory the term Butterfly Effect is used to demonstrate the idea that one butterfly could eventually have a far-reaching ripple effect on subsequent events: For example, the flap of a seagull’s wing in Brazil could cause a tornado in Texas.

What a fascinating theory! It makes me wonder how much every one of my actions today down to the most minuscule one will impact my life, the lives of others and the planet in the future?

I read an article recently about a massive underground water source, the Ogallala Aquifer, which is disappearing fast. Scientists say that if drained it would take 6,000 years to refill naturally. This water reservoir serves eight states from South Dakota to Texas and farmers were “blissfully unaware” a generation ago that the dilemma was unfolding.

The question is, how blissfully unaware are we about where we are heading? If one flap of a seagull’s wing can set off a tornado, how will the little argument you had with you child or partner shape your relationship down the road or, what impact has what you eat today on your health in one, five or twenty years?

I have heard people say “We are all doing the best we can” or “Everything is perfect the way it is” and I have to say, I don’t agree one bit. I believe we all have the opportunity to better ourselves and our lives every minute of every day. Whether we do this or not is up to us. It’s your decision to smoke, ignore opportunities or treat others poorly. The life each one of us chooses to live, however, will have an impact on all of us.

It takes courage, education and discipline to make the very best choices every day. Ultimately, it’s what makes life worth living.

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