The Starfish Story

The Starfish Story

Once a man was walking along a beach. The sun was shining and it was a beautiful day. Off in the distance he could see a person going back and forth between the surf's edge and the beach. Back and forth this person went. As the man approached he could see that there were hundreds of starfish stranded on the sand as the result of the natural action of the tide.

The man was struck by the apparent futility of the task. There were far too many starfish. Many of them were sure to perish. As he approached, the person continued the task of picking up starfish one by one and throwing them into the surf.

As he came up to the young man he said, "You must be crazy. There are thousands of miles of beach covered with starfish. You can't possibly make a difference." The young man looked at him. He then stooped down and picked up one more starfish and threw it back into the ocean. He turned back to the man and said, "It made a difference to that one!"

-unknown

Some inspiring quotes on making a difference

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing.
Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Being willing is not enough, we must do.
-Leonardo da da Vinci

How wonderful that no one need wait a single moment
to improve the world.
-Anne Frank


Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world.
For, indeed, that's all who ever have.
-Margaret Mead


I am only one; but still I am one.
I cannot do everything, but still I can do something;
I will not refuse to do something I can do.
-Edward Everett Hale


One is not born into the world to do everything but to do something.
-Henry David Thoreau


Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something.
-Unknown

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