The Starfish Story & The Power of One

“Each one of us has the power within us to influence change and to encourage others to do the same. Commitment carries us from the first effort to the next, and the next after that. Our efforts, although they may seem small, influence others to get involved as well and the momentum swells.”

“A single, ordinary person still can make a difference – and single, ordinary people are doing precisely that every day.”

Stillbirth Matters

 

Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions. 
 
Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching.  As the boy walked, he paused every so often and as he grew closer, the man could see that he was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea.  The boy came closer still and the man called out, ”Good morning!  May I ask what it is that you are doing?”
 
The young boy paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up…

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