Thus begins the new book from Andy Andrews called The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters.
Few books of significance are as brief as this one. Totaling a little over 100 one- or two-sentence pages, Andrews attempts, in true story/parable form, to illustrate how easily one’s actions and decisions can have an impact for years to come, not just on those in your immediate sphere of influence, but on people all across the globe.
The true story of union soldier Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, a thirty-four year old school teacher, is alone worth the price of the book. I’d be willing to wager it is a part of our nation’s history about which you’ve never heard.
While reading through The Butterfly Effect the first time, I couldn’t help but think how powerful a book it could be for the parent of a young child. I could see myself reading it out loud to my nieces and nephews. The potential impact it could have on young, developing minds cannot be overstated, in my opinion.
The underlying message is simple. Everything you do matters to all of us forever. This is best illustrated in the second story Andrews shares. I won’t give anything away, but I liken it the AT&T commercial where you see an elderly couple clapping and all smiles as their son is being introduced as the president of the United States. You’re then taken back in time as the spot reveals that first chance meeting between the president’s parents.
If not confined by the 30- and 60-second nature of television advertising, it would be easy to carry that story even further back in time to reveal each person who, with one decision or action, impacted the future outcome.
In the words of Andrews, “There are generations yet unborn whose very lives will be shifted and shaped by the moves you make and the actions you take today. And tomorrow. And the next day. And the next.”
“Your life…and what you do with it today…matters forever,” Andrews says. And I’m inclined to agree.
What are some things you can do to ensure the impact you make is a positive one?
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their Book Review Blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”