Once upon a time, there was a man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing where he tended to walk on the beach before he began his work.
One day, as he was walking along the shore he looked down the beach and saw a human figure standing by the water.
As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a child. As he watched the child, he noticed the child reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects and throwing them into the ocean.
He came close and called out to the child, “May I ask what it is that you are doing?”
The child paused, looked up and replied, “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”
The man was somewhat startled by this response and asked, “Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?”
Before answering, the child bent down, picked up a starfish and threw it into the ocean. He picked up another before turning to the man, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they will die in the sun.” And he threw the starfish into the ocean.
Upon hearing this, the man commented, “But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles of beach and thousands of starfish? You can’t really believe that what you are doing is making a difference!”
To this, the child bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the ocean.
“It made a difference for that one.”
And he bent up to pick up another.
Each of us, no matter how young, can make a difference in the world around us. If a young child can save the act of a starfish, imagine what you are capable of doing.
Make a difference.