The starfish story.


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.

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5 Comments

  1. 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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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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