Last 2018, I got hold of the book, "The One Minute Millionaire" authored by Mark Victor Hansen and Robert G. Allen. Mark Victor Hansen is a co-author of the book, "Chicken Soup for the Soul" while Robert G. Allen is the author of the real estate book, "Nothing Down" and "Creating Wealth".
I started to read it and brought it with me for reading. However, upon meeting a young lady working at a real estate firm I am transacting with, I decided to give it to her thinking that it will help her on her journey to life in general.
Fast forward 2020, got hold of the book again, but this time, in audio format. 😊
I was truly amazed at how listening to the book now, is just in time for the experience I am going through. From the time I purchased the audiobook, the idea of the butterfly effect phenomenon really made a mark in me.
Whoa! Come to think of it... dear Lord... hahaha... My journey, from the time I gave away the hard copy version of the book until today, is an example of the butterfly effect.
The butterfly effect is an idea that is more commonly used in chaos theory. A small change can make much bigger changes happen; one small incident can have a big impact on the future. The term butterfly effect comes from an analogy where a butterfly flaps its wings in Tokyo and a tornado occurs in Tennessee. - Simple.wikipedia.org
Looking back now, it is as if I have planted a seed during that time. I just helped a friend to resolve their real estate problem with a large real estate company, without thinking about the monetary return. The exchanges and visits with the company lasted for more than a year. With God's grace, it ended well, and to my friend's favor.
Consequently, this friend of mine tapped the little experience that I have with construction to build a building for their family.
Constructing the building came with challenges of course. More than the technical aspect, which can be studied/learned with the right mentors, the real challenge is the management of relationships with the client, workers, suppliers, partners, and even with yourself.
There are many take away from the book, and one of them is the reminder that we have to have a high level of integrity in whatever we do. Yes. It is a must.
In relation to the butterfly effect and integrity, lying, if made, no matter how small it may be, will have a lasting effect on our lives. You may not see it yet now, but eventually, it will have an effect on your future. The choice or decision to make that tiny lie has the ability to change the course of your life.
Let us be conscious of our actions, our decisions -the choices we make.
What small actions or seeds are we planting?
In daily life, as a wife, do I disregard the good that my husband do for me? Doing this, even if we think it is just nothing has an effect on our relationship. It may later cause the diminishing love of the spouse towards the other. And to think, it just started with neglecting to say our thank you's and appreciation.
On the other side, if we choose to do tiny acts of love, such as a sweet smile sent to your spouse, waters the seed of love and nourishes it and that seed will grow into a sturdy tree of love in the end.
Such is our relationship with God. Our tiny acts of prayer, no matter how small, will bring us closer to Him-- will water that loving relationship.
- Even just lifting your eyes towards the sky, thanking Him for the day
- Acknowledging His presence in our life
- Remembering how good he has been
- Making the sign of the cross when coming out of the house, asking for His protection
Even these small gestures will bring us closer to Him.
Let us not neglect to do these small gestures -a show of love, of gratitude, of kindness. These tiny acts will tell the difference of the future ahead of you and those of whom you touch.
God bless you! Gently flutter your wings, butterfly! You are making changes to the world! -- And may it be a positive one!