Sunday, July 22, 2012

* The Star Thrower *

It's midnight on a Saturday.. just doing some thinking and for some reason I thought of this story, "The Star Thrower."
Thought I'd share... with all you star throwers out there <3

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 and said, 

"It made a difference to 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.

 Original story by Loren Eiseley

With all that you do
With all that you are
Take the little steps
To love
Yourself and others
Every day.


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