One starfish at a time
Here’s a beautiful story I heard recently:
An old man was walking at the beach at dawn before
sunrise to greet the new day as he usually did.
As he was walking, he saw a young man that was very
busy throwing some things from the ground into the ocean.
The old man got closer and saw the lad was picking up each
starfish that washed to shore and threw it back into the water.
The old man asked as to what the lad was doing.
“The tide washed the starfish to shore and they can’t
get back in the water by themselves” The lad said
“When the sun comes up, they will die unless I throw them back in the water”
The old man scanned the huge expansive shore,
there was an endless number of starfish, as far as the eye can see!
The hopelessness of the lad’s plan was obvious.
“Young man” said the old man “Don’t you understand there
are countless number of starfish that you cannot save them all by sunrise?
You don’t really expect to make any difference!”
The lad thought for a moment, then picked up a starfish
and with a big smile threw it as far as he could into the water.
Then he turned to the old man and said: “I made a difference for that one!”
When I was a young girl I used to look up to the sky see
all the stars and think about how infinitely huge the universe is.
It made me feel very small and insignificant, until I realized that
in MY world I MATTER! My life matters to me and the people who love me.
If we can make one small difference in someone’s life,
even for a moment, then we have accomplished so much.
Even if we just take some action and make a small
difference in our own lives, it may not change the world on a grand scale…
But it makes a world of difference to us!