A man walking on the beach saw a child reaching down to pick up small objects and then throwing them into the ocean. He called out “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?” The child looked up and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”
“I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?” To this, the child 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 man commented, “But do you not realize that there are thousands of starfish? You can’t possibly make a difference!”
At this, the child bent down, picked up a starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, “It made a difference for that one.”
Adapted – Loren Eiseley “The Star Thrower”
Friday, July 31, 2009
Make a Difference!
On the Art of Manliness web site, I found an article by Antonio regarding things a man can do to make a difference. The whole concept boils down to this wonderful and poignant story that he shared ...
Posted by Kim Letkeman at 8:41 AM