The Starfish Story
Original Story by: Loren Eisley
One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed
a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.
Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?”
The youth 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.”
“Son,” the man said, “don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a difference!”
After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf.
Then, smiling at the man, he said, “I made a difference for that one.”
My question to you is: Have you made a difference today?
Sometimes as we look around at the crazy world we live in, we can feel hopeless and helpless. We see sadness, hurt, anger, misdirection, hunger and pain. But the truth is that the hope lives within us. We are each a light unto this earth. It is up to us, individually, to share that light, and make a difference. It is not about affecting the masses, it is about helping one person… and then another… and another. Your efforts will compound.
Recently, I saw a news report about a young man who opened fire inside of a store, killing several people in the establishment. What got him there? Could someone have made a difference in that young man’s life… even only hours before? We have heard those stories before. You know the ones where someone was going to hurt themselves or others—but then something happened. An intercession changed their course.
It is amazing what kindness can do— a smile, a hug, and simple words of encouragement. The smallest acts of kindness can move mountains. It can make ALL the difference.
I have been the recipient of kindness over and over again in my life. From the strangers who came to my aid in times of helplessness, to new acquaintances who said the words I needed to hear to shift my day from woe is me to embracing the moment.
We can make a difference, one person at a time. We have often heard of doing random acts of kindness, I disagree….they need to be purposeful acts of kindness — all of the time, everywhere. Spread your joy, your gifts, your love and it will grow and multiply. It is possible that your one moment of kindness can be felt around the world.
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
Have you ever been the recipient of kindness that made a difference?
― Mother Teresa
Amazing organizations that make a difference:
A Resource For Charity: The Cause Blog
- We CAN Make a Difference (innerfulfillment.wordpress.com)
- Random Acts of Kindness, I Am All For Them (gordopdx.wordpress.com)
- Inspiration: Something To Smile About… (eof737.wordpress.com)