My description of spirit in the workplace is that it allows you to feel a greater sense of connection by bringing your whole self, the essence of who you are, to a supportive environment. People are yearning for connections on multiple levels – connecting with a higher purpose, connecting lovingly with yourself, connecting deeply with others and connecting meaning with your work.
“Spirituality is the deep feeling of interconnectedness of everything. To be spiritual is to examine the connections between one’s products and services and the impacts they have on the broader environment. The recognition of interconnectedness constantly forces one to expand one’s vision,” according to the authors of the book A Spiritual Audit of Corporate America.
THE CONNECTION OF THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT
The “butterfly effect” is a wonderful example of this interconnectedness principle. What started out as a myth and legend in 1963, has now been proven scientifically through the Law of Sensitive Dependence Upon Initial Conditions. What this means is that the mere flaps of a butterfly wings can set “molecules of air in motion and continue to do this until eventually it’s capable of starting a hurricane on the other side of a planet.” Andy Andrews in this book The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters explains this theory and shares wonderful examples of this interconnectedness of our lives. It’s a fascinating book and makes me think about how incredible it is to know that we are connected to everyone. He says, “Every single thing you do matters. You have been created as one of a kind. You have been created in order to make a difference. You have within you the power to change the world.” Click here to watch an inspiration movie of it along with more information about the book.
THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT IN ACTION
So here’s where I need your help to test out this butterfly effect theory. My husband and I have been selected as one of four finalists for a national marriage contest. We share in our five minute video the connectedness we felt when we first met and knew that we had “found the one.” The original inspiration for writing our love story was to share this “divine connection” with our three sons. Then our inspiration grew to inspiring others to show their love for each other by writing their own stories. Now my inspiration is to test out the butterfly effect theory with your help. Will what we did with our story matter to someone else in the world? Will our actions impact others who have never met us? Please take five minutes to watch our video and post a comment. I’ll check back with you in another blog to share what we found out. It’s a win-win by doing this; we all get to test out this spiritual law of connections and it’s a win for us if our love story gets the most comments!
I greatly appreciate being connected to you!
For more resources, see our Library topic Spirituality in the Workplace.