The Butterfly Effect

The butterfly effect is the concept that small causes can have large effects. Initially, it was used with weather prediction but later the term became a metaphor used in and out of science.

After my last blog post about the amazing butterfly display at the Waterloo Grout Museum, I received this lovely gift from the man responsible for the display. (Mark Lane, who owns ACI in Cedar Falls with his wife, whom he informs me had the idea)

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Then there is this, that I found in my Little Free Library this afternoon.

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I don’t know how long it was in there, or where it came from. It was behind the books and I found it when I was straightening up the top shelf that had come loose and fallen down.

I’ve never seen anything like it; jewelry made from real butterflies that have been collected from a butterfly farm after they’ve lived a natural lifespan of two to four weeks.  Proceeds from the sales goes toward women across the world to help start their own businesses.

I didn’t know the lifespan of a butterfly was so short. Did you? It makes me think of our Jacob, who lived just eight short years, but made a difference in so many lives.


People like Mark Lane and the anonymous butterfly necklace giver make a difference in the world. This is not the “cold, cruel world” some might think. Not as long as there are people like this on our planet.

“You are one of a kind, there has never been one like you, and there never will be again. The rarities that make you special are no mere accident or quirk of fate. You have been created in order that you might make a difference. You have within you, the power to change the world.” -Andy Andrews, “The Butterfly Effect”




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