Making a difference

a difference

I love reading and I especially love reading stories that inspire and motivate me to become a better person.   I came across this really awesome story called The Star Thrower written by Loren Eiseley recently and I really picked a lot from it so I decided to share the story with you.

There was this wise man who went to the beach to write and he always walked on the beach before writing.  He did this all the time until one day, he saw this silhouette of a man who from a far looked like he was dancing.  It kind of put a smile on his face wondering how someone could possibly dance in the middle of the day so he walked hurriedly, hoping to get a chance to talk to this person.

He noticed that this silhouette he saw was actually that of a young man and as he got closer, he realized that the young man wasn’t actually dancing.  The guy was actually picking up objects and throwing them into the water.

“Good morning!” he said.  “Hope you don’t mind but may I know what it is you’re doing?” he added.

“I’m throwing starfish into the water,” the young man replied.

Somewhat startled, the wise man asked, “I’m sorry but why are you throwing starfish into the water?”

The young man replied, “It’s about to get dark, if I don’t throw them in, pretty soon they’ll die.”

The wise man quickly asked, “Kid, don’t you realize that this beach goes far and wide that there millions of starfish at the bottom of it?  What you’re doing isn’t going to make the slightest difference” he continued.

The young man didn’t say anything to this but just bent down, picked another starfish, and threw it into the water and as soon as the starfish and water made contact, he uttered, “That one made a difference for that starfish.”

Making a difference doesn’t have to be this HUGE, jaw-dropping thing.  Sometimes the littlest, most quiet gesture is more than enough and people don’t even need to know about it.  Do something special today.  Take the time out of your busy schedule to reach out, and make a difference in somebody else’s life.  Help an old person cross the street, open the door for a total stranger, little things that brings a smile to other people’s faces.  They are more than enough.

If you want to learn how to be a star thrower, click on Star Thrower!

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