Sunday, May 27, 2012

One at a Time

The Starfish Story

adapted from The Star Thrower by Loren Eiseley 

 Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking 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 moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up. As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean. He came closer still and called out "Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?" The young man paused, looked up, and replied "Throwing starfish into the ocean." "I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" asked the somewhat startled wise man. To this, the young man replied, "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die." Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, "But, young man, 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!" At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, "I made a difference to that one!"

This story is the foundation of how we can change the world. One person, One Heart, One child, One starfish at a time! As a Mended Little Hearts leader I am constantly reminded that one person, helping one person at a time is how it's done! So, next time you think you can't possibly make a difference, you can't possibly change the world. Remember this story and remember that you made a difference...."With That One" and "That One" 

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world, in fact it is the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead

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