All Behaviors Have A Ripple Effect

| January 19, 2011 | Comments (1)

Most of us understand that our behavior can have systemic consequences, but we often fail to appreciate just how powerful those effects can be. Complex systems theory teaches us that everything is connected and that the effects of small, apparently unimportant events become magnified. In the atmosphere, for example, small local changes in temperature or pressure can trigger massive weather systems. It is said that the flap of the butterfly’s wings can set off a tornado on the other side of the planet.

Similarly, the typical human condition is highly precarious. All fighting behaviors have extended meaning. We cannot strike back, yield, compromise, or deceive an opponent without affecting some other part of the system.  It takes only a very small influence to motivate us in one direction or another.  A wink, a nod, or a tone of voice can change the course of a moment, an hour, a day, or an entire life. Over time, small differences become big differences. There is always a ripple effect.

As you begin to appreciate the systemic consequences of behavior, you will be simultaneously awed and inspired. Recognizing every behavior as potentially powerful, you will move more carefully and thoughtfully through life as you become more consciously aware of how life works. Nothing you do is worthless, trivial, or cheap; all things, ideas, and behaviors have systemic consequences. Your power, success, and enjoyment lie in every moment. How will you live the moments of your life knowing that they will each will have a ripple effect?

©2011 Patricia Rubino

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