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Every thing you do, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, matters. It might seem a hard statement to believe to some people, but it is the absolute truth.

You can look at it from which ever angle that would make you comfortable, be it fate, destiny, karma or even voodoo! As long as you understand, or in reality just try to understand that your actions, regardless of it’s immediate impact, is bound to have consequences beyond your imagination.

To put this in prospective I would like to refer to a concept that most of us, if not all is familiar with, a concept that you have heard about, or seen in movies, that concept is: The Butterfly Effect!

It is mostly tied with time travel and chaos theory and whatnot, but I would like to focus on the origin of the name of the concept (As I always do): It is called the butterfly effect, referring to the flapping wings of a butterfly and the little change it does to the atmosphere that it can actually cause the path of a tornado to be altered, delayed or stop it from ever occurring.

The little tiny flapping wings represents a very small change in the system in it’s initial stages, that will provoke a series of events that will have a gigantic alterations to events. The best representation of that concept, that I have seen, was in the movie: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, in that scene where it shows Cate Blanchett’s accident.

So if a tiny butterfly wings can stop a tornado, or cause it to move, imagine and reconsider the actions, whether big or small, in changing the course of events.

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Finally ladies and gentlemen, we can proudly say “it’s raining cats and dogs over here.” I always wondered why people would say so because the statement just seems very silly if you have never heard it before, or you have heard it enough times to stop and question it’s etymology.

There is no one clear answer as to why people say it’s raining cats and dogs, because in other cultures they say different things, like old women, sticks, crowbars, frogs, axes, knives…the list seems endless.

My absolute favorite explanation for why they say cats and dogs is that the Greek phrase “kata doksa”, which means “contrary to expectation” is often applied to heavy rain. Interesting, don’t you think?

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