The Starfish Story
- 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
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
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