I sincerely believe that it is far more beneficial and far less costly to help a child build confidence than it is to fix an adult who has little or none.

The Starfish Story

on March 13, 2013

starfishMany of you have probably already heard this story, but in case you haven’t, it is beautiful and thought-provoking.  The story was written by Loren Eiseley, an anthropologist who wrote extensively.  One day he was walking along the beach after a storm and saw a man throwing starfish back into the ocean.    Here is the story:

Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.  One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.

He came closer still and called out “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”  The young man paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”

“I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?” asked the somewhat startled wise man.  To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”

Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, “But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”   At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, “It made a difference for that one.”

Every kind action we perform has some kind of effect on the person(s) involved.  It may not have a huge effect, but every little bit counts.  We can’t all save the world, but we can at least try to do our small part.  When we all work together it makes a big difference!!


2 responses to “The Starfish Story

  1. Kerwyn Hodge says:

    Every small act makes a difference in the doing. And it may inspire others to make a difference as well. That’s the hidden power behind each act of kindness.

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