The Starfish Story

December 3, 2008

Yesterday I ran across a plaque on the wall that had “The Starfish Story” on it. This is the first time I have run across it and found it very inspirational. I would like to share that here:

The Starfish Story
Original Story by: Loren Eisley

One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.

Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?”

The youth replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out.  If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.”

“Son,” the man said, “don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a difference!”

After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf.  Then, smiling at the man, he said…

I made a difference for that one.”

When I read this, I became inspired because it showed that no matter how small or how trivial something may appear to be, we can always make a difference.  Whether we decide to leap, take a step or have an intention of moving, we make a difference.

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