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The Butterfly Effect

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Have you heard of the ''Butterfly Effect''? In 1963, a man named Mr. Lorenz had a theory that was fairly simple and was laughed at by many colleagues.  His theory stated that a butterfly could flap its wings in Texas and, as a result, air molecules would be moved.  Those air molecules would cause other molecules of air to move, maybe in Tennessee, then in Florida, and eventually moving enough molecules that it would be possible for a violent storm to form on the other side of the planet.  This theory was proven true in the 1990’s, and not just with molecules of air. I feel that this principle relates in a lot of ways to the formation of SparkPeople.

While SparkPeople's CEO, Chris Downie, was working at P&G, he knew there was something more for him.  He already had passion for his health and he put a plan into action.  Soon enough, SparkPeople was born and his dream became a reality to ''spark'' others into better health.  You see, Chris spread his wings and moved a few molecules in the universe, and those molecules are still moving.

That is the beautiful thing about the Butterfly Effect.  Chris started SparkPeople because of his passion for health and helping others.  He put the word out about a new weight loss website; others heard about it and joined.  Those new members had success and enjoyed the site, so they told their friends and family about SparkPeople, which lead to another person, which led to the guy I heard about SparkPeople from, which lead to my own wellness and this very blog that you are now reading.  That is absolutely amazing when you really think about it.

If you take a look back in your life, how far back can you go to find people who have been moved by your molecules of life?  Your life has affected somebody, and that person's life affected the next person and so on.  THAT is pretty special, don’t you think?  This is one of the reasons that I think it is SO important to share your stories.  One way to share your story is to be active in the forums of SparkPeople.  You never know who you will affect. 

Taking a deeper look at this principal and applying it to our lives as a whole, you have to realize that everything you do matters.  Everything. Not only for you, but for your family and those around you, too.  This is where our responsibility for taking care of ourselves comes into play.  Using my own story as an example, I am more than grateful that I’ve changed my life.  I can't imagine my former self being imitated as an example.  I cannot fathom the thought of my harmful habits being duplicated in my family.  Everything I do matters; there are eyes watching, there are ears listening, there are butterflies in my house. Everything YOU DO matters.

Don't you want your molecules to be positive molecules?  Sure, there will be bad days. We all have them, and that’s ok.  Do everything in your power to change the negative molecules to positive, not only for YOUR benefit, but for the benefit of those around you.  Allow those around you to help with the change if necessary by using their positive molecules.  It might sound crazy, but it works!

Spark friends, SparkPeople is the epitome of the Butterfly Effect. I believe that if we all flap our wings, share our stories and encourage each other, we can rid this world of obesity, one person at a time.

How have you helped someone else on his/her journey to a healthier way of living?

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Love the analogy! Report
I saw Andy Andrews at the Women of Faith Conference in Kansas City last November. I had heard of the Butterfly Effect and it was great hearing his talk.

I do believe in the butterfly effect. Report
Love your blogs Jerome. I truly believe in the butterfly effect, and love how you've put it into this blog. Report
very well thought out and very true. We sometimes get into a funk where we dont think that our actions, however small, have any effect on those around us but that is not true. I want to have positive energy to pass out, and when the bread that we cast out comes back to us, there are some huge dividends in the positive force that comes our way keeping us going as well. It all is like a big circle. Then there is the power generated when a bunch of butterflies get together and go in the same direction.... Thats when you have SP! Report
Great Blog I truly am happy to be part of the butterfly effect
Excellent piece, and excellent reminder. Thank you.
I am with you KittyRoxx....SparkPeople ROCKS! Report
Another great reminder Agent J. Dealing with the stress of putting one of our cats down today due to illness. Opportunity to remind my daughter that dealing with grief doesn't need to equate to copious amounts of bad food! Report
I *LOVE* Sparkpeople! I love that fact that SP puts the power in OUR hands to make changes in our life. There's no gimmick to pay for, no plan to subscribe to, and definitely zero food to invest in. Thank you for making it free and available to all! Report
It was really weird a few years back when I started on Spark People, started losing weight and then a co-worker who had commented (complimenting) on it started losing weight herself. Report
Fantastic! Report
Thank you! So true! Report
having lost 200+ pounds has really changed my life an everyone who knows me, keeping it off for over 2 years now has been the test...each day it seems better and better..if not for Sparkpeople I might be dead or at least bed bound, I thank God for Chris and his wonderful program.... Report
My life is so much better through the friends I have met on the Spark running forums, and many times in person after at Spark related running events like Just a Short Run at the end of March in Pittsburgh. Report
Great blog, but you might want to correct the spelling of the word "principle" before a gazillion people tell you about it. "Principle" is a guiding idea, whereas "principal" is the director of a school. Report
I am really loving this Monday series. I find lots of the daily sparks interesting, but these I am connecting to a lot.
Thank you Spark and than you Jerome Merlau! Report
WoW!!!! .. Fantastic Blog.

I am from NAMiBiA, southern part of AFRiCA. You have reached me all the way here. I intend to keep the positive ripple effect going.. & GOING STRONG!!!

I've always known about the Butterfly Effect and have reflected on it from time to time regarding my own life to check on myself & see the way I am living my life & how it might be effecting those around me.

Thank you for reminding me that NOTHING we do is for NOTHING.. but EVERYTHING we believe in & EVERYONE we come in contact with.

Be Blessed!

Awesome Blog. I just posted this to Facebook. A lot more people will read it and help them. The world needs alot more kindness and love. God Bless You and Have a Wondeful Week. Report
There are so many butterflies here at SparkPeople that have affected my journey. I only hope that by sharing my journey in my blog will spark others on their journey. Report
Best blog on Daily Spark. Sending it to facebook and posting it for my teams to read. So true in all aspects of our lives. Report
What a great blog entry. It made me think of the kaleidoscope of butterflies who have helped me whom I will never know or even never know of. Report
You know you have done the same.. one butterfly in US is causing a good storm in Malaysia :-)!! Report
That is such a cool fact about the butterfly effect! I love butterflies - they are a symbol of transformation to me.

I hope that I am helping my teammates on their journey to a healthier lifestyle. Together we can do what we cannot do alone! Report
ya know the Monarch butterfly is on it's way to Mexico. And it is going to hang out with the chihuahuas. I'll flap my wings to follow you anywhere!
YES....I have a nurse friend, who is trying to lose weight, and is always wanting to know what I am doing ....has followed alot of my plans, but is ready to move on when I am! ha Report
I just posted this to Facebook. I have been saying this for three months now and tonight I read this blog!!! Life is good!!! Good article...I equate this same theory to prayer!!!!! Report
I love this blog and totally feel the same way!! I love that movie pay it forward!! If everyone would just show a little kindness this world would be an awesome place!! Report
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