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The Starfish Story

An inspirational story for teachers, social workers, clergy, and anyone that helps what seems to be the endless amount of people needing help. Itís a tale that shows how helping each and every person can be so helpful even when the task of helping so many seems so daunting.

A businessman was on vacation, walking along the beach, and saw a young boy.

All along the shore were starfish that had washed up from the tide, and were likely to die in the hot sun.

The boy walked along the shore and reached down here and there to pick up a starfish and toss it back into the ocean.

The businessman, so accustomed to efficiency, walked up to the boy to tell him about his nonsensical ways.

"Iíve noticed what youíve been doing, son. You have a warm heart and I know you mean well, but thereís so many starfish dying on beaches all over the world. Iím sure you could do something better with your time. Do you really think this is going to make a difference?"

The boy glanced up at the man, and looked down at a starfish by his feet. He picked up the beautiful starfish and tossed it back into the ocean, and said, "It made a difference to that one".

- adapted from "The Star Thrower" by Loren Eiseley (1907 - 1977)

The Starfish Story


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