Making a Difference

This is a great story that was just shared this morning. 
 It was originally written by Loren Eiseley in 1907. 
This is an adaptation.

An old man had a habit of early morning walks on 
the beach. One day, after a storm, he saw a human 
figure in the distance moving like a dancer. As he 
came closer he saw that it was a young woman and 
she was not dancing but was reaching down to the 
sand, picking up a starfish and very gently throwing 
them into the ocean.

"Young lady," he asked, "Why are you throwing starfish 
into the ocean?"

"The sun is up, and the tide is going out, and if I do 
not throw them in they will die."
"But young lady, do you not realize that there are miles 
and miles of beach and starfish all along it? You cannot 
possibly make a difference."

The young woman listened politely, paused and then 
bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into 
the sea, past the breaking waves, saying, "It made a 
difference for that one."

The old man looked at the young woman inquisitively and 
thought about what she had done. Inspired, he joined her 
in throwing starfish back into the sea. Soon others joined, 
and all the starfish were saved.

This story works on many levels but today I just want
to focus on "making a difference".

So few of us feel that what we do really makes a difference.
Yet, deep down we all want to make a difference. We all want
what we do to matter.

Helping people discover their calling in life, not only makes
a difference to the person you help but you also place
another person into the world that makes a difference.

Not only that but you remove a person from a miserable
work life. You replace a stressed out unhappy person
with a happy inspired person.

When people do what they are passionate about, they
make a difference. They affect lives in a very positive way.

By helping people find their calling you are creating
waves of improvement.
Thanks C


  1. Guess we never realise the little difference we make in other people's lives

  2. Exactly...great weekend readers.


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