Small Today, Significant Tomorrow

Small Today, Significant Tomorrow

It is very unfortunate that we tend to associate the butterfly effect mostly to weather. Humans are affected equally with the butterfly effect. Managers and leaders need to grasp the extensibility of this effect to the human domain. This buzz is an effort in this direction.

Fatima Williams shared a beautiful image on beBee that offers a great insight. I share the image below.

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@CityVP Manjit was quick to realize the value of this image as he published a buzz to highlight its value. This fruitful exchange of ideas prompted me to write this buzz.

What Fatima wrote may be re-written in a different way to show the feedback effect. I mean the output of one step becomes the input of the next step.

We give to receive,

We receive to learn,

We learn to grow.

He/she who starts with giving ends up in his/her growth.

Gandhi was aware of this fact. We start in beliefs and no matter how small they are today they become significant later and determine our destiny. Notice the feedback effect and how the output of one line becomes the input of the next line. This feedback results in building momentum and in due course the small becomes the most significant one.

Your beliefs become your thoughts,

Your thoughts become your words,

Your words become your actions,

Your actions become your habits,

Your habits become your values,

Your Values become your destiny.

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Not only beliefs are subject to the butterfly effect. Our attitudes experience the same. I have many stories to reflect on this. For the sake of brevity I shall share the bricklayer story. When asked why he was enjoying laying bricks for a new and magnificent cathedral he said, and I am putting his response in a way to reflect the feedback embedded into it.

I am building a cathedral so that people would visit it to enjoy its beauty,

Because visiting people shall like the cathedral and change their lives to the better,

Because they changed their lives to the better more people shall visit the cathedral,

Because more people shall visit the cathedral, more people shall change their lives to the better

You see the rippling effect of this great attitude. The man was not only laying bricks for the cathedral; more he was laying the foundation for thinking with positive energy.

Mentioning positive energy and its effect on us, again I may show the rippling effect of this as follows:

Positive attitudes lead to the flow of positive energy,

Flow of energy into thoughts,

Thoughts turn to ideas,

Ideas turn to plans,

Plans turn to actions,

Actions turn to learning,

Learning turn to evolvement,

Evolvement turns to growth.

Imagine if the thoughts were negative then instead in ending with growth we end up in shrinking. Little negative thoughts today may be very detrimental tomorrow.

This is the realization that should be highlighted by leaders- we are not immune to the butterfly effect. It is in operation behind the curtain of time. The drop of water today may fill a jar tomorrow. A little kindness today might turn into a huge reward tomorrow. A coin today shall build a hospital tomorrow. A drop of water may drown a house tomorrow. Minor pollution today may make living difficult tomorrow (background image).

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We need to be alert that a drop of kindness today may build the future of others.


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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#77
Dear Deb\ud83d\udc1d Lange- I have just commented on your buzz of today. You know by now that I trust completely what you say here. You are correct. It is in taking small steps that we may eventually have a great change happening. If we go too fast we might miss the real value of change. It is like the logistic equation- if we go very fast we lose seeing the steps in between. I couldn't agree more with you.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#75
Thank you dear \ud83d\udc1d Fatima Williams for sharing your bright comment here. I only hope it would receive the attention it deserves. I don't want to repeat what I said somewhere else except to emphasis that your questions guide us son how to make our choices.

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

4 years ago #53

#71
I admire the comments between you amazing intelligent and creative people. I just read them and reflect on them as they reflect real life experiences and I am thankful to you for being so generous in your choice to give which leaves me with a choice to receive. When we make a choice some fail to consider the most important question. A.How does this choice benefit me ? B. Will it add value to my life? C. Will the consequences of this choice be good for the people around me? " Rather than the above we end up with the below questions?Will this choice benefit others ? Is it good ? What will he/she think of my choice etc " I believe that an embedded choice for me is asking the questions A,B & C. You might call it selfish. But this is the lesson I've learnt from my experience with the people and MY choices in life so far. Thank you Ali Anani for tagging me to share and also read these great comments which I would have otherwise missed.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#71
I wish \ud83d\udc1d Fatima Williams would share her comment on how to choose which she made today on a previous buzz of mine here. It is very relevant for sharing here as well.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #51

#71
Honoured Harvey Lloyd.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

4 years ago #50

#70
Today we have the advice of Sara Jacobovici to start with our own choices and maybe, just maybe we can be the start of that chemical reaction. Faith is the key for courage in our small step process.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#69
Yes, you are right Harvey Lloyd as we have the keys to the executive wash room. I had my own experiences and I did affect change (For example, not segregating male students from male students in a conservative country). It is a story I am proud of because I used a simple creative idea to d that. I met huge challenges, but I was also ready for them. Like your catalyst idea assuming there is a chemicl reaction first. Who will start the reaction then my friend?

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

4 years ago #48

#67
I believe you have the key to the executive wash room. I contend that any choice that will change the path of existence will present the 50/50 polarized positions. My personal opinion is a catalyst will be needed to force change. I believe we can all conjure up the scope of many catalysts. I will leave that to your imagination. Sara Jacobovici discusses the individual efforts and the choices we make can have effect. I agree to a point, but my choices are offset by mere population growth. We will reach the tipping point where lifestyle change will be mandatory. This will not be a pretty time. I am not a doomsdayer. But do recognize a little change now in the path of existence at the macro level will go a long way for future generations to live comfortably. A few years ago the "Cradle to Grave concept" was initiated, it fizzled. But implied you can't move forward unless you had a recycle plan. A case study by Caterpillar demonstrated that by beefing up their parts engineering, the end of life was now a rebuild opportunity and increased sales.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #47

#62
Thank you for the mention Harvey Lloyd. I confess, I am behind in reading the comments so I hope my response does not seem out of place (or out of line). I don't have a scientific backing for this but my attitude is; where there is a will, there is a way. From what I have been taught, we have the capacity to have clean technology. When it comes to lifestyle, we don't have to give anything up, I think what we have to do is adjust. It comes full circle back to choice.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#66
Sadly, Harvey Lloyd this situation shall not change because we need brave hearts and there shall be always few of them. Who wants to go against the tide and lose popularity? This is the conflict between fearing to be different and to conform.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

4 years ago #45

#65
I agree in theory the 100 monkey scenario mentioned earlier is a process to look upon. I would contend though that in order to reach critical mass we would need a great many to make the change as you describe. This is why leadership within all areas is needed along a singular platform. In essence this theory is asking the tail to wag the dog. Clear and concise leadership that all can follow is what is needed. This is difficult to find, as leadership must also contend with popularity, regardless of side. Key players in industry have the opportunity to present alternative plans of global success and many may have already done so. But i fear many are more for or against something as opposed to becoming solution providers.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#62
I invite dear Sara Jacobovici as Sara is the one who writes often about choices. However; I would add that taking a choice means taking a different position. In complexity, small changing in positions may take us into new paths that emerge.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#63
It is reaching the criticality points that makes a sysyem go chaos dear John Rylance

John Rylance

John Rylance

4 years ago #42

Ali , I think there are two concepts here re the sand and snowflake quotes, the first is the "straw that breakers the camel's back". That is taking the risk the outcome of your action won't cause problems, whereas the snowflake sees no correlation between its action and the possible likely outcome. #44

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

4 years ago #41

Ahh, Ali Anani invite the elephant to the room with your thoughts. I can only take but small bites as the old wiring of my brain is slow these days. I sit here and write a comment on a computer that was manufactured and the digits roll through our local network (copper and mined for the wires) to a server farm in hinter land. A site like beBee has engaged us in the butterfly effect you speak. In order for us to have a voice in social media we needed all the components to make it work. From the land to the professionals of design to the construction workers and many more. I speak to our existence as the issue and not necessarily our choices. Can we get people to alter their lifestyles, i believe so, but lifestyles are not the cause, it is our existence and the need for advancement of our civilization. Are we willing to give up beBee for a reduction in our carbon footprint? This is not to say that we cant return to sustainable living. I believe the butterfly effect can be used to make this happen. A few decades back, when this all began, we started a process of cradle to grave thinking. It stalled. I believe this is the process we need to consider for our sustainability. Cradle to grave design made entrepreneurs, capital investment and many other aspects of development include the planet in the ultimate design. But we all need to be prepared. This will convert the resources that once were free into a cost center. This cost will raise our cost of living.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#54
I shall wait for siraj shaik to say a word here.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#57
I thank you for commenting and sharing this buzz dear Lisa \ud83d\udc1d Gallagher

Lisa Gallagher

Lisa Gallagher

4 years ago #38

Well articulated!!

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

I hope you respond dear siraj shaik. I really would love to read how you respond.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#45
Your writing "It's why I am against copyright and the patent system as it stifles progress and makes the who more important than the what and the what should always be the most important thing from the view of those who are truly wise" is simply beautiful. You remind me of a buzz that I wrote on beBee when not to ask why. Your comment is a great answer to my question.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#41
ANd no sand grain is responsible for the falling of the sand pile. Thank you dear Franci\ud83d\udc1dEugenia Hoffman

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#40
This is a wisdom-packed comment dear Deb \ud83d\udc1d Helfrich. You wrote "Each today we are gifted represents the germination of what will bloom in our tomorrows". How beautiful your embedded metaphor in the use of the word germination. wrote in his previous comment "If knowledge is power than wisdom is understanding". Your understanding ia amazing both dear friends.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#39
I enjoyed very much your differentiation of the roles of how and what "This is why I say "What I think is always subject to change however how I think never will. Take it all in and evaluate and act accordingly." This is an eloquent idea and I am not too proud not to admit my appreciation to you

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

I enjoyed this buzz, and thank you \ud83d\udc1d Fatima Williams "No snowflake ever feels responsible for the Avalanche" is the ultimate message, and that is we must be responsible for everything we do.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#37
I enjoyed your response Preston Vander Ven. Yes, it is is an enriching response.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

I thank you dear friend Milos Djukic for sharing this buzz. It is dear to me and It fits very well for the Fractals Forever Hive.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#30
Thank you dear \ud83d\udc1d Fatima Williams

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

4 years ago #28

Ali Anani I loved his perceptive of bringing Giving back into a life through by completing the cycle like a flow chart. This buzz comment section would be the perfect platform to do discuss the below cycle "In giving we receive; In receiving we learn; In learning we grow. " When we grow, we bear fruit, in which we can choose to give again.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#29
Believe me dear \ud83d\udc1d Fatima Williams that your comment is the fruit that shall give again and again. I understand the message you are conveying to me. You are blessed.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#29
Believe me dear @Fatima Williams that your comment is the fruit that shall give again and again. I understand the message you are conveying to me. You are blessed.

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

4 years ago #25

#29
Sara Jacobovici I tagged the above awesome ladies as they are currently showing me live experiences of the above cycle in their lives. And many many more bees do that but you guys came to my mind first 😊😊😊😊 Hope you accept my kind tag and give your thoughts πŸ€—

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

4 years ago #24

Ali Anani. I loved his perceptive for bringing Giving back into a life-cihart. Preston lole. Which I act burefect platform to do that. "In giving we receive; In receiving we learn; In learning we grow. " When we grow, we bear fruit, in which we can choose to give again.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#27
This is a great perspective

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#25
Thank you - we learn from each other and I learnt from you. That is why I believe comments are more important than the buzz itself. I may reveal I feel disappointed for I was hoping this particular buzz to attract more comments and was planning to expand it into an e-book. Since the buzz didn't receive the attention I was hoping for I decided to freeze the e-book project at least for now.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#22
...and your comment turns into a lovely one dear Mohammed Sultan. It is amazing that you wrote your comment while I am writing a buzz on Sinken Hopes and Attitudes. I agree with you fully my friend. I like the way you attached curiosity to AIDA model. This is sharp thinking.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Thank you dear Glenn Melcher for your lovely sharing of the buzz. This means a lot to me.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#11
This is a beautiful and very relevant quote ""No snowflake ever feels responsible for the Avalanche" and I thank you so much John Rylance for bringing it up to the discussion.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#15
Thank you my friend Mamen \ud83d\udc1d Delgado

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#14
Thank you again dear \ud83d\udc1d Fatima Williams. As I wrote a forward for Deb Lange's book I assure you this book is a masterpiece. It is amazing that the two ladies have the same first name. Deb is a name that I love because of both of them.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#12
Thank you dear \ud83d\udc1d Fatima Williams. My world wouldn't be the same without you. You kindle so many ideas in my head. I enjoy your company as much as I enjoy your manners and character. Blessed you are.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#10
Your buzz dear CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit both triggered the writing of this buzz. I appreciate your elaboration and highlighting the value of what Fatima quoted. We share and we learn. I learnt from both of you my friend.

Mamen 🐝 Delgado

Mamen 🐝 Delgado

4 years ago #14

Relevant indeed...

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

4 years ago #13

And dear Ali Anani sorry for reading the buzz late just saw the message too. I have been reading two books today simultaneously by the lovely ladies Deb \ud83d\udc1d Helfrich one during office breaks that I normally use my beBee time and one on my metro journey back hence I am late to reply. While I'm going slow on the "Trust your senses Book". Cause it requires more time from me for it's brilliant and right about connection of our body and senses. I am absolutely in love with Tangenyika from "A tale of grief and puppy Love" who is now in a better place. Thank you to both of them as well. My reading continues 😊 If anyone hasn't read either of these books it's worth the read and a proof of pouring out your heart and soul in a book.

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

4 years ago #12

And dear Ali Anani sorry for reading the buzz late just saw the message too. I have been reading two books today simultaneously by the lovely ladies Deb \ud83d\udc1d Helfrich one during office breaks that I normally use my beBee time and one on my metro journey back hence I am late to reply. While I'm going slow on the "Trust your senses Book". Cause it requires more time from me for it's brilliant and right about connection with our body and senses. I am absolutely in love with Tangenyika from "A tale of grief and puppy Love" who is now in a better place. Thank you to both of them as well. My reading continues 😊 If anyone hasn't read either of these books it's worth the read and proof of pouring out your heart and soul in a book.

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

4 years ago #11

Ali Anani What a lovely story and I'm honoured to be me mentioned in this buzz. But the image credit goes go CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit I just made up the quotes in one of my initials buzzes. I don't mind the whole world using it. No copyright ☺☺☺ Coming to the buzz You are like the crochet needle. You weave together ideas and form an artistic display that can we wore on any person. The story will resonate with many "Thoughts turn to ideas, Ideas turn to plans, Plans turn to actions, Actions turn to learning, Learning turn to evolvement, Evolvement turns to growth." Enjoyed this buzz immensely Thank you once again for allowing us to learn and grow with you. Thank you to CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit for the fantastic buzz on Learning built on the quote that merely a reflection of how I feel on beBee.πŸ€— #beBeesforever

John Rylance

John Rylance

4 years ago #10

The pictures at the top of this post put me in mind of this quote from Stanislav Lec's "More Unkempt Thoughts 1964" "No snowflake ever feels responsible for the Avalanche" How many feel as we drop a piece of litter we are part of a problem of waste in our environment ?

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #9

I created that image to honour Fatima's words. I double checked with her that this was her quote and then I put into this image of a library because I wanted to capture and encapsulate her words. At first I thought it was Javier Javier \ud83d\udc1d beBee who said this because I first saw it in his Facebook share - but when I found out that Fatima said this, that was even more reason to place these words in a frame that is worthy of them. Now you Ali Anani have honoured these words even more by placing them here. It was not made for marketing purposes, it was put together for greater reasons of appreciation - the kind of appreciation that is 21st Century as opposed to the dog and bone show of 20th Century marketing. We give to receive, We receive to learn, We learn to grow Fatima's words were magnificent and deserve a placeholder worthy of their value. This value has a simple word - elegance. Just because the President of the United States is now a marketer does not mean that future will not be elegant - it will and one day we will be that. Look what the world of marketing gave us - now this world needs the inspiration of something greater. A new vision.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

I discuss the butterfly effect on human behavior with many examples.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#7
You are brilliant and you do read my mind Sara Jacobovici. I was going to mention our choices, but then decided to take this part out to shorten the buzz. What you wrote about choices shall resonate with me for long times. I know you and I am sure you are writing a buzz on same. It is worthy. You captured my attention completely with your writing "We are not passive recipients, we are active participants; receiving and giving, thinking and doing, responding and engaging, reacting and learning, and so on. We impact on what is absorbed by the butterfly potential and we are influenced by its effect". I would dare say no matter how we do it with realization or not but the same applies. What we do shall have its effect on the long term I am much obliged to your very sound comment.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #6

"...we are not immune to the butterfly effect. It is in operation behind the curtain of time." With this profound thought/idea, Ali Anani, you place us in the whole flow or process you outline with such clarity above. We are active in time and the thoughts and actions in which we engage flow through time making themselves felt in the butterfly effect which started in another time by someone or something else. It is all connected. We are not passive recipients, we are active participants; receiving and giving, thinking and doing, responding and engaging, reacting and learning, and so on. We impact on what is absorbed by the butterfly potential and we are influenced by its effect. Whether we do this as individuals, a family member, a friend, an employee, a leader, an artist and so on, the process is still the same, as we are within the realm of human interaction; with ourselves, others and our environment. I cannot help but see the connection between this buzz and your former buzz, Embedded Choices, Dr. Ali. Everything we do is based on our choice; instinct, genetics, Mother Nature, and so on, contribute to our choice but ultimately it's all our choice. Somethings are not in our control, but what is embedded in choice is our control to choose; this is the human factor in the butterfly effect.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#4
Yes, I see the "drops of kindness" in your lovely comment Gert Scholtz and it shall stay with me. I appreciate your conciseness and understanding.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#3
Dear debasish majumder- this is a lovely way of expressing it " perhaps we lack to observe it precisely, as always there is a change and the former one give birth to the next one though by annihilating,...". I enjoyed so much your use of the word birth in this context. I equally liked your writing " ones observation, and if one may seeing a rope, consider it a snake and tend to kill it, eventually it will inevitably cause jeopardy to the eco-system". This is a lovely idea seeing a rope as a snake. The attitude again plays its effect. I thank you so much for writing such an insightful comment.

Gert Scholtz

Gert Scholtz

4 years ago #3

Ali Anani A wonderful and creative buzz which shows how small acts my incrementally result in something larger. Your last line stays with me: "We need to be alert to how a drop of kindness today may build the future of others". Such drops are often seen on beBee. Thank you Ali.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

ANd they are running us too Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #1

I like butterflies who knew they were the ones running the world :-)

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