Is it possible that everything you do matters? A number of years ago social scientists Nicholas Christakis, M.D., Ph.D., and James Fowler, Ph.D., conducted a study that found obesity is contagious by up to three degrees of separation. Then later found that loneliness is also contagious by three degrees of separation and it matters if you have people in your life who feel happy. In 1951 David Bohm wrote a book with a theory that if you split an atomic particle into two sub-units and sent them to opposite ends of the universe, if you gave one a spin, the other would spin too. Neuroscience shows us that how we pay attention and what we pay attention to effects neural growth in our brains. What would be different if we understood that our actions matter?
Here’s a picture that says it well:
Life is a paradox. On the one hand we are these infinitely small beings walking around on this tiny spinning rock in a vast universe that spreads out farther than our brains can even imagine. On the other hand, we are all connected in a way where are very actions create reactions that affect other people and the way life unfolds in the following moments.
Consider for a moment that you actually matter. If that is true and you had the power to influence this world, what might you be doing differently on a daily basis? If you spin one particle at one end of the universe and it spins another, imagine the ripple effects of your meaningful actions.
How can you make that happen?
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