The Starfish Story

The Starfish Story

The Young Person wandered the beach, lost in thoughts. Ahead lay a strange sight – millions of starfish washed up on the sand. They stretched as far as the eye could see. The Young Person couldn’t help but be impressed.

A little further on was a figure bent over the beach. The figure was an Old Man and, as the Young Person got closer, it became clear that the Old Man was picking up starfish and tossing them into the waves.

“What are you doing?”, the Young Person asked.
The Old Man looked up. “Saving the starfish.”
He threw the starfish he was holding into the sea.
“If they stay on the sand, they’ll suffocate and die.”

The Young Person looked up and down the beach at the millions of starfish, then laughed.
“But look at them all. There are millions. What’s the point? What difference can you make?”

There was a long pause. Then the Old Man bent down, picked up another starfish, and held it up to the Young Person. 

“I can make a difference to this one.”

Moral: You can make a Difference!