Throw a Star Today

11 Oct

As the old man walked along the beach at dawn, he noticed a young man ahead of him picking up starfish and flinging them into the sea.  Finally, catching up with him, he asked why he was doing this.
The young man answered that the stranded starfish would die if left until the morning sun.
“But the beach goes on for miles and there are millions of starfish,” countered the old man. “How can your effort make a difference?”
The young man looked at the starfish in his hand and threw it to safety in the waves.
“It made a difference to that one,” he said.

-Loren Eiseley adapted by Joel Barker via Until There’s a Cure




3 Responses to “Throw a Star Today”

  1. Fergiemoto October 11, 2011 at 12:20 pm #

    So true – it has to start somewhere – one at a time.

  2. jhon baker October 11, 2011 at 12:40 pm #

    I’ve only been trying to make a difference in one life at a time. I hope I can be as successful.

  3. wastelandexplorer October 12, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

    Wow, I like this. It is so true. We can only make a difference one at a time.

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