Making a Difference
A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures
of the sea, especially the starfish, and spent much of his
time exploring the seashore. One day he learned there would
be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on
The day of the tide he went down to the beach and began
picking up the stranded starfish and tossing them back into
the sea. An elderly man who lived next door came down to
the beach to see what he was doing.
"I'm saving the starfish," the boy proudly declared.
When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish, he shook
his head and said, "I'm sorry to disappoint you young
man, but if you look down the beach one way, there are stranded
starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look down
the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like
you is not going to make a difference."
The little boy thought about this for a moment. Then he
reached his small hand down the sand, picked up a starfish,
tossed it into the ocean and said, "I sure made a difference
to that one."