The Starfish Story

One of the most well known stories about making a difference that is frequently passed around the web goes something like this …
The Starfish Story

A young man looked up and replied “Throwing starfish back into the ocean.”

The man looked around him at the hundreds of starfish on the beach and thought that this was quite a futile thing to do, there was no way the man could throw all of the starfish back into the water.  He stayed for a few minutes and watched this young man picking up the starfish one by one and throwing them into the water.  Surely he must be mad, so he asked “Why are you throwing them into the water?”

The young man responded “The tide is out, and they will all die.”

“You can’t possibly throw all of them back into the ocean” the older man replied “There are hundreds and hundreds along the beach, it wont make any difference if you throw a few back.”

At this the younger man picked up another starfish, threw it into the water and said “Made a difference to that one.”

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I have always enjoyed this story.  It is very true that small acts can truly make a difference.

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