Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Lifepaths intertwined. Sometimes only when looking do you realise to what extent seemingly small things you say or do can end up influencing another person - and vice versa. Maybe I'm just seeing a coherent story the way people see faces on the surface of Mars. But unlike the shadows of the hills of other planets, everyday life is here and now and immediately relevant. There are patterns in the course of events, though often they are only visible in hindsight. Looking back, I can see how certain steps - encounters, discussions, choices - led to others. How the story of one relationship influenced a second which influenced a third which again influenced the first and a fourth and so on. How my own story influenced that of someone else's and hers came back to influence mine to influence his to influence mine and so on. Kind of like the butterfly effect.