Friday, April 15, 2005

The Starfish Story

I wanted to post this because every time I read it I want to share it:

The story that has been part of the inspiration for my other website:

The Starfish story

While walking down the beach, a man saw someone in the distance leaning down, picking something up and throwing it in the ocean.

As he came closer, he saw thousands of starfish the tide had thrown onto the beach. Unable to return to the ocean during low tide, the starfish were dying. He observed a young boy picking up the starfish one by one and throwing them back into the ocean.

After watching the seemingly futile effort, the observer said, "There must be thousands of starfish on this beach. It would be impossible for you to save all of them. There are simply too many. You can't possibly save enough to make a difference.

The young boy smiled as he picked up another starfish and tossed it back into the ocean.

"It made a difference to that one," he replied

Each of us is but one person; limited, burdened with our own cares and responsibilities. We may feel there is so much to be done, and we have so little to give. We're usually short of everything, especially time and money.

When we leave this shore, there will still be millions of starfish stranded on the beach. Maybe we can't change the whole world, but there isn't one of us who can't help change one person's whole world. One at a time. We can make a difference.

Hi. I found your blog via Rosie's. I went to the lighting children's lives site, too. A beautiful thing to do. When I was a first grader, my best friend died of leukemia. We were friends all her short life. It is hard to believe that 40 years later, they are still dying from this...children, I mean. Thanks for putting the link on Rosie's site. I enjoyed reading your blog.;) Renee
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