Friday, August 17, 2012

A Starfish Parable

A man went to the beach one day to take a walk.  When he arrived, he noticed the tide was unusually low and thousands of starfish were scattered over the beach exposed by the strange weather pattern.  The man looked out and saw a child amongst the sea of starfish, gathering them up and returning them into the ocean.  "What are you doing?" asked the man.  "Putting the starfish back in the ocean." the child replied.  "If I don't, they will die."  "But there are thousands of starfish beached out here and you're only one person.  You won't be able to save them all in time.  Your actions won't matter," stated the man.

The child responded, "It matters to the ones I save."

Just a thought...what I do matters to those around me.  So, how am I going to make a difference today?



  1. We get awfully caught up in the big picture, don't we? I will try to remember each starfish today.

  2. I am still crying. This is beautiful. Wow.
    I'm going to re-blog it, if that's okay.