I had happened to read a book “The Butterfly Effect” by Andy Andrews. I am not a big fan of non-fiction because most of the non-fiction books I have come across its quite lengthy and unlike fiction books I will not be intrigued to read further. But “The Butterfly Effect” was quite interesting and short to read. Any avid reader could finish this book within a short span of time. This book gives motivation and inspiration when we need at times whether be it your big day , when you are looking for a push to move forward or may be in your gloomy day when you are looking for a glimmer of hope :). The gist of this book – The decision we make, the way we seize the present moment and the way we treat others have more impact than we may ever realize.
Now, What is Butterfly effect -> A small change at one place can result in large difference in a later state.
The author explains how our life matters by quoting couple of examples for the fascinating phenomena, “Butterfly Effect”. Andrews first example, about a man named “Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain” and a single powerful decision that he made during the Civil war. At the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, With many casualties and ammunition running low, Chamberlain pondered upon that dire situation and decided that , “they can’t retreat or stay”, so he ordered his men for “A Bayonet charge”. The sudden change from Chamberlain and his men gave an impression to the rebels that these men have been reinforced(coz a beaten regiment would not charge). within a short span of time chamberlains one move helped to capture over four hundred soldiers of rebels. Some historians believe that had chamberlain not charged that day, the rebels would have won @ Gettysburg, eventually which would have resulted in the territorial fragmentation of North America. So the United states Of America Exists as it does today because of a single man , “Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain” and his one move. Chamberlain is the perfect human example of the butterfly effect.
In the Second example, author Andrews explains a chain of Butterfly effects ended in the creation of new breed wheat for arid climate, that saved billions of lives from famine. The creator behind the new breed wheat was – “Norman Borlaug”. He hybridized high yield disease resistant corn and wheat for arid climate. Here are the chain of Butterfly effects happened behind Norman’s work . Who pushed Norman to hybrid Wheat and corn? It was Henry Wallace (Vice president Of US), he is the one created a station in Mexico to hybrid corn and wheat for arid climate and he hired Norman Borlaug to do it. How Henry Wallace developed a Vision on agriculture? Who is responsible for that? George Washington Carver, he took six-year-old Henry Wallace for a ‘Botanical Expedition’ and instilled in him a love for plants and a vision for what they could do for mankind. when we look at all these instances, we can find a small change done by each person had made a very large difference in later state that saved billion people lives.
In the end, the author concludes, “there are generations yet unborn whose very lives will be shifted and shaped by the moves we make and the actions we take today”.
Few amazing and inspiring lines from the book:
- Everything we do matters to all of us forever
- Every move we make every actions we take matters
- You have been created as one of a kind. You have been created in order to make a difference. You have within you the power to change the world.
- The very beating of your heart has meaning and permanent purpose.
I am glad that I got an opportunity to read this book and indeed it ingrained the fact ‘Every move that I make counts’.