Life Is a Domino run

You have to push the first one

Andy Taylor
4 min readMay 18, 2022
Photo by cottonbro:

I look back on my life and it’s a succession of events that wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for the one before.

Sliding doors moments. The butterfly effect. Chaos theory. Cause and effect.

Whatever you want to call it, the power is clear to see. An action, or a stroke of luck creates a circumstance, conversation or opportunity to take action again… and the cycle repeats.

It’s only when you zoom out and look back that you can see the bizarre path you’ve been on and where different strands of it began.

It’s like one of those huge domino runs you used to build as a kid. Push the first one, and no matter how many twists, turns, loops and tricks there are along the route, it’s just a matter of time until the last one falls.

I’m not trying to say our future is pre-determined. In fact the exact opposite. In real life we have no way of knowing which path our domino run will take.

But we do have the choice — every day, every moment — on whether to push that first domino or not.

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