Dean Choate

The Starfish

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I found this very uplifting & wanted to share it with all of you...Dean :)

The Starfish

Paraphrased From: The Star Thrower by Loren Eiseley

Once upon a time there was a wise man that used
to go to the ocean to do his writing. One day
he was walking along the shore. As he looked
down the beach, he saw a human figure moving like
a dancer. He smiled to himself to think of someone
who would dance to the day. So he began to walk
faster to catch up.

As he got closer, he saw that it was a young man
and the young man wasn't dancing, but instead he
was reaching down to the shore, picking up
something and very gently throwing it into the
ocean.

As he got closer he called out, "Good morning!
What are you doing?"

The young man paused, looked up and replied,
"Throwing starfish into the ocean."

I guess I should have asked, "Why are you throwing
starfish into the ocean?"

"The sun is up and the tide is going out. And if
I don't throw them in they'll die."

"But, young man, don't you realize that there are
miles and miles of beach and starfish all along
it. You can't possibly make a difference!"

The young man listened politely. Then bent down,
picked another starfish and threw it into the sea,
past the breaking waves and said, "It made a
difference for that one."

There is something very special in each and every
one of us and we must each find our own starfish.
We have all been gifted with the ability to make a
difference and if we throw our stars wisely and
well -- the world will be blessed!

This is the reason we help others and we find it great to be the one to
make a difference in others lives.


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