Some of you may have heard this story before; it’s a golden oldie that still holds true
today. Especially as we come to terms with a world forever changed by the current
pandemic, where it is all too easy to feel insignificant…

A man was walking down a deserted Mexican beach at sunset. As he walked along, he
began to see another man in the distance. As he grew nearer, he noticed that the
other man kept leaning down, picking something up and throwing it out into the
water. Time and again he kept hurling things out into the ocean.

As the first man approached even closer, he noticed that the man was picking up
starfish that had been washed up on the beach and, one at a time, he was throwing
them back into the water. He was puzzled. He approached the other man and greeted
him saying, “I was wondering what you are doing?”

“I’m throwing these starfish back into the ocean. You see, it’s low tide right now and
all these starfish have been washed up onto the shore. If I don’t throw them back into
the sea, they’ll die up here from lack of oxygen.”

“I understand,” the first man replied, “but there must be thousands of starfish on this
beach. You can’t possibly get to all of them. There are simply too many. And don’t you
realise this is probably happening on hundreds of beaches all up and down this coast.
Can’t you see that you can’t possibly make a difference?”

The other man smiled, bent down and picked up yet another starfish, and as he threw
it back into the sea, he replied, “Made a difference to that one!”

Never doubt that you make a difference and be known as the one who tried🦋


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