Saturday, September 11, 2010

This morning I read a post titled: You Made a Difference For That One I wanted to share the following beautiful story. It is important to stand up in the face of scrutiny from the majority, because what is widely accepted is not always best or even close to it. If one never allows one's mind to be changed and opened to new possibilities or ways of thinking and acting in the world... if no one can teach or offer you anything, I believe that is when we truly cripple ourselves.

The Star Thrower by anthropologist and writer, Loren Eiseley (1907-1977)

Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.
One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.

He came closer still and called out, "Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?"
The young man paused, looked up, and replied, "Throwing starfish into the ocean."
"I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" asked the somewhat startled wise man.
To this, the young man replied, "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they will die."

Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, "But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!"
At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, "It made a difference for that one."

"Note: This is a true story that Eiseley wrote about. He was the 'wise man' walking the beach before his morning writing session. He encountered this young man throwing starfish back into the ocean and was forever impacted by the experience. His story is told in many forms, in many places - but rarely is credit given to Eiseley as the original author and subject of the narrative." (peaceful parenting)


  1. Thank you for this. What a wonderful, touching, and inspiring story.

    I am better for having you in my life!

  2. Hi, Clarity!

    I think it quite remarkable to feel so connected to you while never have meeting you person to person! You let your spirit through and give all you have to everyone. I thank you for your comment and I am better for having you in my life, too! :)