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
This powerful story is the simplest illustration about your place in the world and your individual ability to make life better for someone – anyone somewhere in the world. How does the world become a better place? It starts with you, and one deed at a time touching and changing lives thereafter. Like a tiny ripple in water, your little contribution can become massively positive change for an individual or a whole community. My little contribution is raising awareness on human trafficking particularly around this time of year.
On February 27th 2015, please join us in exposing this malignancy of mankind by placing a RED X on your hand that may spark a conversation with others and spread the word. Modern day slavery is very real. 27 million people can attest that. It is thriving right here in the United States. This is OUR problem and we must address it together! If you could be so gracious to take it a step further and toss a starfish back in the ocean by donate just $7.00 (your lunch money), you would literally be saving a life by providing hope and an opportunity for a victim to become a survivor.
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