Who’s Your Starfish?

Below, is one of my favorite stories.  I am not sure if it is a true story.  Doesn’t matter.  It’s still how I try to live my life, lead my family, build my organization.

One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.  Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?”  The youth replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.”

“Son,” the man said, “don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a difference!”

After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said, “I bet I made a difference for that one”.

Who is telling you you can’t possibly make a difference?

They are wrong!  I am pretty sure it’s not reasonable to believe we can touch all the people in the world.  But we can touch ONE, or two.  Maybe even a hundred, maybe even more than that.  But it starts with ONE. 

Who’s your starfish?

I have been blessed to have been taught by, mentored from, be friends with some amazing people throughout my life.  I don’t think they really thought of me as a starfish they had to rescue (there are some that should have because they did) but I can tell you, their lesson, legacy, advice, guidance and counsel has made a huge difference in my life.

So who can you save? 

Who can you toss into the ocean and give another chance to?  You never know when that kind word, smile, hug, time spent, advice given, heartbreak listened to, judgement not passed or word of encouragement might just be the ONE  little thing to someONE, to make that ONE difference they have been praying for.  And notice the little boy doesn’t get attached to the starfish, have to have a lifelong bond or keep in touch with the starfish.  He simply does what he can do and moves on to the next, and the next and the next… I am sure, with the hope that his action is what they needed at the moment.

Start tossing!




About amidean

An entrepreneur with 20 years experience, Ami most recently started the newest addition to her business family, The Rally Point. As the CEO & Mailroom Clerk at The Rally Point, Ami oversees Operations, Sales, Marketing and well, um, the mailroom. After starting WithIn, Inc. (an employee training and development firm) in 2005, she found herself repeatedly asked by her clients to find them a venue with a more inspiring and creativity provoking environment than the saltine cracker hotel room or in-house training room. Frustrated that she couldn't fill her clients requests (simply because it didn't exist in the market) she, being the customer service fanatic she is, created it for them. Ami holds her MBA but she truly feels her greatest accomplishment is being a living example of work/life harmony and to make that work - "You've gotta get creative!' she says. Ami has always felt that if fun couldn't be part of her job responsibilities, she just wouldn't fit the culture. "Now, I laugh, play and am truly able to create the perfect environment for those teams, businesses and organizations that need to incorporate fun into their meetings to boost creativity, production, morale and inspiration. My job rocks and so does The Rally Point, I mean, have you seen this place?" Fiercely passionate about her faith, her three daughters, and the MiAMI Dolphins, Ami still finds time to enjoy sitting on the Boards of Easter Seals of LaSalle and Bureau Counties and Women in Leadership of Central Illinois, shopping, interior design and traveling.
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One Response to Who’s Your Starfish?

  1. Sue.... Your sister says:

    You are AMAZING! I am so proud to call you my sister! I love you!!

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