I always say that human beings are the sum of our choices, essentially it being our actions—our choice and actions affect those around us.  I always enjoy think macro, big picture, and micro, small picture, but if you really think about it, we are all interconnected.

There actually is a theory that plays off of our interconnectedness, it’s called the Six Degrees of Separation.  According to, “Six degrees of separation is the theory that everyone and everything is six or fewer steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world, so that a chain of ‘a friend of a friend’ statements can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of six steps.”  Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon arose from this theory as well.  Even social media is using this in one form or another—Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

We all are writing a story, the story of our lives.  We are all supporting characters in each other’s stories.  We all impact each other’s stories, and we may never consciously know so.

So what? This is why I love simple, random acts of kindness.  It’s the butterfly effect, arising from chaos theory.  If you haven’t heard Demi Lovato’s “Make a Wave” here is a piece of lyric from that song:

They say the beat of a butterflies wings,
Can set off a storm a world away
What if they’re right and the smallest of things,
Can power the strongest hurricane
What if it all begins inside,
We hold the key that turns the tide
Just a pebble in the water
Can set the sea in motion
A simple act of kindness
Can stir the widest ocean
If we show a little love
heaven knows what we could change
So throw a pebble in the water
Make a wave

Next time you are sondering, remember, “When your life moves on to the next scene, theirs…flickers in place…wrapped in a cloud of back-story and inside jokes and characters strung together with countless other stories you’ll never be able to see. That you’ll never know exists.  In which you might appear only once.  As an extra sipping coffee in the background. As a blur of traffic passing on the highway.  As a lighted window at dusk.”

nobis vivatis


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