Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Sometimes the smallest things make the biggest difference

Today I have been actually procrastinating about EVERYTHING. My husband stayed home from work not feeling well and after I got the kids off to school I joined him in bed, basically for the remainder of the day (so nice.) Our lazy day of rest is now going to affect my lazy blog post, but here ya go.......

Below is one of my favorite little uplifting stories. It's a tale I reference often when I'm feeling down or discouraged in life and in others. Sometimes we feel like we never do things BIG enough to make a difference, but in actuality it's the small things that could touch just one person or living thing that can make all the difference. Sometimes we just need to remember that. I hope you enjoy this little tale and it inspires you to do an act of kindness that may make a difference, no matter how little it may seem.

Photo courtesy of Mary Oliver
The Starfish Story
By City Year
A young girl was walking along a beach upon which thousands of starfish had been washed up during a terrible storm. When she came to each starfish, she would pick it up, and throw it back into the ocean. People watched her with amusement.

She had been doing this for some time when a man approached her and said, “Little girl, why are you doing this? Look at this beach! You can’t save all these starfish. You can’t begin to make a difference!”

The girl seemed crushed, suddenly deflated. But after a few moments, she bent down, picked up another starfish, and hurled it as far as she could into the ocean. Then she looked up at the man and replied,

“Well, I made a difference to that one!”

The old man looked at the girl inquisitively and thought about what she had done and said. Inspired, he joined the little girl in throwing starfish back into the sea. Soon others joined, and all the starfish were saved. - adapted from the Star Thrower by Loren C. Eiseley

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