After a terrible storm while walking along a beach, an elderly gentleman saw someone in the distance leaning down, picking something up and throwing it into the ocean. As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young girl, picking up starfish one by one and tossing each one gently back into the water. He came closer still and called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?” The young girl paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”
The old man smiled, and said, “I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?” To this, the young girl replied, “They were washed up by the storm and the sun is up, and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.” Upon hearing this, the elderly observer commented, “But, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!” As if the girl hadn’t heard, the she bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, she turned, smiled and said, “For that one, it made a difference!”
This one of my favorite stories. It makes the lovely point, that every little thing we do can make a difference. As Drew Dudley once said, there isn’t one world to change. There are billions of different views of it, and if you make a difference in just one of them, you have changed the whole thing.” Too often do we all feel so small and so insignificant. I want to remind you all that with every little thing you do, you can change the world!