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.