After editing the picture, I was sitting down and staring at the star. Suddenly I remembered a particular story about a starfish. Just a little over a year ago, I had read a book - "The Power in You" by Wally Amos - which contained a short story about a starfish. After reading the story, I rushed to go write it down in my journal.
I opened my journal today - it's been a while since I've done that - and reread the story. Just like when I read it the first time a year ago, the story made me smile. I hope it makes you smile too.
As the old man walked down a Spanish beach at dawn, he saw ahead of him what he thought to be a dancer. The young man was running across the sand rhythmically bending down to pick up a stranded starfish and throw it far into the sea. The old man gazed in wonder as the young soul again and again threw the small starfish from the sand to the water. The old man approached him and asked why he spent so much energy doing what seemed a waste of time. The young man explained that the stranded starfish would die if left until the morning sun.
"But there must be thousands of miles of beach and millions of starfish. How can your effort make any difference?"
The young man looked down at the small starfish in his hand and as he threw it to safety in the sea said, "It makes a difference to this one."
I've read this to my dad, my older sister, and my sister-in-law. They all smiled when I read the last sentence.
It's a short and simple story, yet magically holds a handful of meaningful messages. I take to heart the message that you just have to start with one - one step, one person, one action - to make a difference and that, afterall, really is the difference.
I wonder... what does the story mean to you?
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