It's Story Time: Sisters, I remember once talking to a friend who enjoys sharing his words of wisdom with me. On this particular occasion, we were talking about people helping people, and how you never know what affect you may have on a person’s life when you are lending a helping hand. That’s when he asked me if I’d ever heard the story about the man and the starfish. When I said, “No,” he said, “Let me share.”
As the story goes, a couple was walking on the beach, holding hands, expressing their love and how much they cared about one another. It was a great night to be out. The moon was just right, the stars filled the sky, and the breeze was perfect. The tide had come and gone, but what it left behind was a beach with thousands of starfish washed up on it. As the couple walked, every few minutes the husband would reach down and pick up one of the defenseless starfish that had washed up on the shore. After watching her husband toss about six or so starfish back into the water, the wife asked the husband, “Why do you do that?”
The husband replied, “Do what?”
“Toss those starfish back into the ocean?” she asked. “There are thousands of starfish out here. There’s no way you can toss all of them back into the ocean. So, why do you do it? I can’t see the importance in it,” she said.
The husband looked at his lovely wife and said, “Well, the one starfish that I toss back into the ocean sees the importance of tossing just one starfish back in.”
I was speechless. I thought, “What a great story. The value of just helping one.” I know sometimes I hear people say, “I really want to help people” and I may even listen to their big dreams about being able to help thousands of people. I, myself, have even shared that dream of wanting to help thousands of people. But when I heard the starfish story, it reminded me of how we can all do what we can with what we have, where we are, right now, to help one another. True, you may not be able to save all the starfish that have “washed up on the beach," but maybe you could save one or even two.
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