Some of us may be familiar with the story of a little girl who was walking along a beach where thousands of starfish had been washed ashore. She picked them up one by one and threw them back to the sea.
A man approached the girl and asked: “What are you doing?”
The girl said: “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.”
The man said: “Young lady, don’t you realise there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a difference!”
The girl listened politely, then bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf.
Smiling at the man, he said: “I made a difference for that one.”
Some of us may be cynical about these inspirational stories but having seen many such real-life situations myself, I can say confidently that though they may be in the minority, there are people who care. And because they care, they act.
We have all been gifted with the ability to make a difference, no matter what the odds- if we persevere. It's easy to say “what’s the use?" or "what possible difference could I make?" But we must each find our starfish. And if we throw our stars wisely and well, the world will be truly blessed.
We often feel defeated even before we start because the problems seem so big and insurmountable.
Does a colleague need your support? Do you know a neighbour who is down and out?
Go ahead and pick up that piece of litter or the starfish, whichever the case may be for you.
We can each make a difference, one life at a time.
The only question is: “What or who is your starfish and how long will it take you to throw it out to sea and change the world, one starfish at a time?
Note:- Just wanna save the cheerleader so I can tackle her