Throwing Starfish

It was an early morning… and the old man enjoyed the cool beach air.
In the distance, he saw a young girl moving like a dancer. As he got closer, he realized she wasn’t dancing… she was picking up starfish and tossing them back into the ocean.
“Young lady,” he asked, “Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?”
“The sun is up and the tide is going out… and if I do not throw them back in they will die.”
“But young lady, there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along it. You cannot possibly make a difference.”
The young woman listened politely, paused, and then she picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea.
she turned to him and said… “It made a difference to that one.”
The old man thought about what she had done. Inspired, he joined her and began throwing the starfish back into the sea.
Soon, others joined. And all the starfish were saved.

I love this story because it demonstrates how even when our actions seem small and insignificant they are not. Every action we take creates a ripple and our ripples can reach far and wide. We each have the ability to make a difference. How can YOU make a difference today?



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