starfish

There is a story in Jack Canfield’s book “Chicken Soup For the Soul” that tells of a man on vacation walking on a quiet beach at sunset who comes upon a local native man who keeps picking up something off the sand and throwing it into the water.  Then he noticed that the things being thrown into the ocean were starfish that had been washed up onto the beach.  He asked the man what he was doing.  The man replied that it was low tide  and the starfish had washed up on shore and if he didn’t get them back into the ocean that they would die from a lack of oxygen.  The story continues with the man on vacation saying, “You can’t possibly get to all of them.  There are simply too many.  And you don’t realize it is probably happening on hundreds of beaches all up and down the coast.  Can’t you see that you can’t possibly make a difference?”    The story ends with “The local native smiled, bent down, and picked up yet another starfish, and he threw it into the sea, he replied, ‘Made a difference to that one!'”

This goes back to the quote “To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.”–anonymous

You do not know how lives you have touched or how many positive ripples have rippled out because of your one kind, simple action, and I bet most of them never even knew your name.

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