What’s your ‘butterfly effect’ going to be?

#Reimagine

Maria Gitau
Maria Gitau
UNICEF Kenya
06 October 2020

One of the most important lessons we have all learned as a result of the pandemic is how a single action can have adverse consequences on those around us. However, a single act of one person taking the initiative to provide grocery shopping for one household affected by job loss has seen hundreds of people across the country lending a helping hand to their fellow country men.

While we have all been forced to introspect and examine the purpose for our lives, understanding our ‘butterfly effect’ can help realign our purpose. A meaningful life and career isn't based on how grand our actions are:; our worth won't be pegged on whether or not we single-handedly solved world hunger or found the cure to COVID-19. What instead we need to do is find meaning in our everyday tasks. What if I told you a kind smile offered to a stranger, or starting that project you are yet to start, can change the world?

Well it is true. You may not see the effect one second later, or ever at all for that matter. However, what I do know is that for every kind deed offered into the world, a ripple effect will occur in the lives of those around us. The future of our world requires everyone seeing not only their potential to shape the lives of those in our community; but, most importantly, for us to acknowledge and harness the potential we have within us.

UNICEF Kenya

Written by Maria Gitau (Co-founder of Jalia Club, Generation Unlimited Finalist)