The Butterfly Effect

We’ve talked a lot about choices lately around our farmer-owned cooperative. More specifically, regarding how we assess choices and spend time debating them, whether internally or with others. We can expend a lot of energy considering things that sit in our mind, making pros/cons lists, discussing and debating. Perhaps the heaviest component in the decision-making process is determining what you want in the first place.

Making a living in agriculture is no different from the other choices we make throughout our lives. Every decision, every choice and every action we take matters, both to ourselves and to those around us. We’re about to see another crop go in the ground very soon, and the agronomic choices made in the previous months will ultimately determine how that crop turns out. Oh, and weather has something to do with it, too.


The whole idea of making choices and taking actions that affect yourself and others reminds us of the butterfly effect. 

In short, the butterfly effect, also known as “sensitive dependence on initial conditions,” is the idea that small changes can have large consequences. The idea came to be known as the “butterfly effect” after Edward Lorenz suggested that the flap of a butterfly’s wings might ultimately cause a tornado.

Wait. What?

We thought the same….initially.

We know your time is valuable. But this week’s message is powerfully poured into this short video featuring Andy Andrews. We promise it will be worth your time.

Norman Borlaug -> Henry Wallace -> George Washington Carver -> Moses Carver -> Unless….

What an incredible thought that every single thing we do and every choice we make – large or quite small – has the ability to make a difference and affect others. Our actions and decisions have the power to reach people that we don’t even know exist. Your daily actions and decisions can point your life in such a direction that you may impact someone else’s, without ever realizing it. How powerful is that?

It is a theory that will surely change your thinking. butterfly-sharper-edges2

Andy Andrews went on to write a children’s book about this incredible string of events and the impact that one little boy, Norman Borlaug, had on billions of people. You can find the book, The Boy Who Changed the Worldhere.

Everything you do matters, for all of us – and forever.

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