Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Starfish Story

I've got this one from a friend and I can't help but repost it here. It's a very touching story with a good moral lesson for each of us...

Adapted from The Star Thrower
by Loren Eiseley
1907 - 1977

Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.

One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.

He came closer still and called out "Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?"

The young man paused, looked up, and replied "Throwing starfish into the ocean."

"I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" asked the somewhat startled wise man.

To this, the young man replied, "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die."

Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, "But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!"

At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, "I made a difference to that one!"


The lesson?

We may not be able to reach out to all those who are in need, but we can always do something in our own little ways to make a difference. ;)



Source: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art8236.asp

16 comments:

Aivs said...

This is so nice. Touching, eye opening. =)) Thanks for sharing an excerpt

Arvin U. de la Peña said...

nice story..

Mia said...

Wonderful read for a Friday morning! :)

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Ceedee said...

Beautiful story :)
Sabi nga nila, big changes starts from a first step or something like that. Haha.

Hazel said...

aww ang nice! hooked to it because i love starfish hihi :P pero yeah, tamang moral lesson!

<3 hazel
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Yesha said...

Nice story! true indeed, thanks for sharing

helen said...

sighs. so true. little by little makes a big thing indeed.

mary said...

Yay! Nice story! ^^
I definitely will remember this. thanks for sharing sis :p

kim said...

wow! that was surely very nice.. let's learn from this and make a difference..

Mayet said...

a touching story!

iprovoked said...

sabi nga ni mother theresa, “Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person. one at a time" nice story! :D lovet. :D

Laikka said...

wow..i really miss your writings! nicely done pretty girl.

tejan

Kring said...

Inspiring post Rich! :)

burn said...

I agree rich, we can do small/little things to make difference.

btw, how are you? Long time no hear.. I was not around in the blogosphere for a couple of months. Busy kasi...


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eprilis said...

i love this story!:) we all can make a difference in our little ways. :)