Late night ramblings…I can’t promise this post will be coherent.
It is late and I hate going to bed.
I hate being reminded that I am the only one that sleeps in my bed.
Well, unless my cat decides I am worthy of his presence.
My daughter got a toddler bed at Easter and it took her several months before she figured out she could physically get out of bed on her own. So now there is a 50 percent chance she will make her way to my room in the early hours and climb into my bed. And I will be too tired to care. Unlike my cat, she is a cuddler.
I have been pondering life.
I have spent so much time living with blinders on and I never realized all the life that goes on.
I was on a run recently with Kimmy Gibbler and we were near train tracks and an Amtrak train went by. I pointed out that the train was full of people heading to Western New York and that each person had their own agenda.
There were also other runners, joggers and walkers. There were the maintenance men. There was the homeless person sitting on a bench. There were bunny rabbits in the grass.
So much life around. Does it even matter? Does it even affect me?
When I was back in Maine last weekend, I had breakfast with an old friend. I will call her Charlotte because I don’t usually use real names and that was her name in French class. I sat next to her and my name was Emilie. Charlotte and Emilie. Except the “E” had one of those accents on it and I can’t be bothered to try to figure out how to type with one. Just being honest.
Charlotte said several things to me that made me think. Some of it was about religion. She definitely gave me some things to think about. But if you are one of my religious friends reading this- don’t get too excited. I am just thinking.
One of the other things that she brought up was the whole concept of the butterfly effect. I honestly have never given much thought into it. But it made sense to me. Greed in the healthcare system has a trickle down effect that can affect patient care. Laziness of doctors in overprescribing antibiotics plays into antibiotic resistance as well as the corporate greed that fuels the usage of putting antibiotics into our meat.
I was so fascinated by this concept that I spent some time on the internet reading it. I also read Andy Andrews book about it. It is a very quick yet powerful read. And I am not just saying that because he talks about Joshua Chamberlain which automatically wins over this history buff from Maine.
Fun fact about me: I was a history major at the University of Southern Maine. Your senior thesis was written while enrolled in your History 400 class and each offering had a different theme. My final semester I was so excited that Maine History was offered in one of the sections. But I did not write my thesis on Joshua Chamberlain. I wrote it about French Canadian immigration to Maine’s mill towns. I don’t have a copy. It probably sucked and I am sure I could write a much better paper now. Maybe I will write history books someday.
Everything we do matters. It might not seem that way to us on a daily basis but our actions matter. Positive actions create more positivity and negative actions create more negativity. If you spend your time making those around you feel good, you are putting more positivity into the world which will have a butterfly effect. You could be causing good for people you don’t even know and you may never know the magnitude of your good actions.
The same is true on the negative side. Don’t be negative people!
Kimmy Gibbler always says that the world needs more hi-fives and less negativity.
It also makes me think about intricate our lives paths are.
When I was in Vegas last February, my friend and I had visited Mandalay Bay. As I was walking around Mandalay Bay, I was thinking about how I attended the 2005 Young Republican National Convention. If I hadn’t attended that event, I never would have gotten involved with the Young Republican National Federation. I never would have met some of my closest friends from that organization. I never would have met Bryon. I never would have moved to New York. My daughter would have never been born. I wouldn’t even know my Albany family.
I have no idea what my life would be like if I had not attended that one event.
My life unfolded this way for a reason (and is still unfolding.) Everyone is in my life for a reason. Every opportunity in my life currently is there for a reason. I may not be sure what it is yet, but I am right where I belong.