Friday, April 13, 2012

One Little Starfish

One day an old man was walking along the beach. It was low tide, and the sand was littered with thousands of stranded starfish that the water had carried in and then left behind. He began walking very carefully so as not to step on any of the beautiful creatures. Since the animals still seemed to be alive, he considered picking some of them up and putting them back in the water, where they could resume their lives. The old man knew the starfish would die if left on the beach's dry sand but he reasoned that he could not possibly help them all, so he chose to do nothing and continued walking.

Soon afterward, he came upon a small girl on the beach who was frantically throwing one starfish after another back into the sea. The old man stopped and asked the girl, "What are you doing?" "I'm saving the starfish," the girl replied. "Why waste your time?... There are so many you can't save them all so what does it matter?" argued the man. Without hesitation, the little girl picked up another starfish and tossed the starfish back into the water... "It matters to this one," the little girl explained.

Fighting against social injustice is one of my passions. Yet, as a stay at home mom most of the time it feels as though there is not much that can be done to make a difference. I am only one person who spends her days caring for little ones not a celebrity who can use status or a politician who can use influence.

But this story reminds me that there are so many little ways to help, to show caring to another person. Don't let yourself get caught up in thinking that your actions won't make any difference, that you can't effect change.

Remember the lesson from the story.......if you make a positive difference in just one life it's worth the effort.

part one of a series

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