To encourage you to keep going.
To remind you to be strong.

Published on April 30, 2015 in Picture Quotes

One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking up and gently throwing things into the ocean. Approaching the boy he asked: “Young man, what are you doing?” The boy 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. The man laughed to himself and said, ” Do you realize there are miles of miles of beach and hundreds of starfish?” “You can’t make any difference.” After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the surf, then smiling at the man, he said; “I made a difference to that one.”

My thoughts: We often think we are too insignificant or too unimportant to make a difference. We couldn’t be further from the truth. So, can I encourage you to take the time to do something that will make a difference to someone else’s life and it doesn’t have to be much and they don’t need to know. Just take a moment, do something special. Make a difference.


  1. Joy April 30, 2015 Reply

    This is one of my favorite stories. When I feel overwhelmed by a problem, I try to say to myself, “is there one piece of this you can change, solve, or help”? Doing it all is often just not possible, but doing something can make a difference for someone.

  2. sunday May 1, 2015 Reply

    That’s wonderful! We can make a difference even by doing little.

  3. Nd May 3, 2015 Reply

    I have I hope, I have told my side of a story from when I was to marry n have a family with a violent controlling man that couldn’t accept that he had a problem, it was always md that had fond some crazy thing wrong in his head. Or an old friend if many yrs get in touch.

  4. Miss Pensri May 4, 2015 Reply

    If we do not have to fear that we are doing the same or different because we are afraid of. The difference, if we believe in ourselves that we are doing right.

  5. Gwendolyn September 15, 2015 Reply

    Out of one’s mouth, the heart speaks. See the wisdom of a child. He saw the value in making the difference in even just one life. Too bad we as adults can’t be so wise.

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