A man was walking along a beach at sunrise. As he walked, he could see a young girl in the distance. He noticed that the girl kept bending down, picking something up, and throwing it into the water. Again and again she kept hurling things into the ocean. As the man came closer, he saw that the girl was picking up starfish that had been washed up by the tide. One at a time she was throwing them back into the water. When asked what she was doing, she replied, “I am throwing these washed up starfish back into the ocean, or else they will die.” “But,” said the man, “you can’t possibly save them all, there are thousands on this beach, and this must be happening on hundreds of beaches along the coast. You can’t possibly make a difference.” The girl smiled, bent down, picked up another starfish and as she threw it, she replied,
“It makes a difference to that one.”
My friend JAngel sent the above story to me yesterday and I had to post it today because I loved it. “It makes a difference to that one,” resonated with me so fully that I knew I had to share it with you today. Just a reminder that even the smallest gesture to someone else can make a huge difference!
So please, smile today…be kind today…enjoy this Friday and please hug a friend today.
Spread sunshine wherever you go today, BE that ONE DIFFERENCE!
Happy Friday to YOU!
P.S. The original is written by “Loren Eiseley” – ”The Star Thrower,” with the child being a boy and not a girl. The version I was sent had a girl which is why I posted it the way I did. My special thanks to Viveka for the additional information. Please visit her blog post here!