We are all the young man. We are all the second man. We are all the starfish.
I was going through some of my old files and came upon a short story I saved because of its simple yet meaningful message.
Oftentimes, we encounter people, situations, emotions that seem insignificant to us – an old sickly man begging in the streets, a bunch of cigarette butts on the ground, a fragile newborn kitten missing its mother.
We can easily turn a blind eye because they don’t immediately make a difference in our lives. But we got to remember that everything is ultimately connected. And whatever it is that might seem meaningless to us could mean the whole world to another being.
So in the moments when we catch ourselves brushing off someone who asked for help or taking things for granted, maybe we can shift our perspective and see. Every thought, word, or action that comes from us makes a difference.. both to ourselves – whether we realize it or not – and to the rest of the world.
By Loren Eisley
A young man was picking up objects off the beach and tossing them out into the sea. A second man approached him and saw that the objects were starfish.“Why in the world are you throwing starfish into the water?”
“If the starfish are still on the beach when the tide goes out and the sun rises high in the sky, they will die,” replied the young man.
“That is ridiculous. There are thousands of miles of beach and millions of starfish.You can’t really believe that what you’re doing could possibly make a difference!”
The young man picked up another starfish, paused thoughtfully, and remarked as he tossed it out into the waves, “It makes a difference to this one..”