Inspiration for Today: The Starfish Story
The Starfish Story
A man was walking along a sandy beach. In the distance, he noticed a figure bending down, picking something up, and throwing it into the ocean. A young girl came into focus as he approached.
“Excuse me,” the man asked the child, “but what are you doing?”
The girl replied, “I am saving the starfish”
The man looked around and squinted into the distance. He saw that he and the girl were surrounded by stranded starfish that stretched for miles up the shoreline.
“My child,” the man asked kindly, “there must be thousands of starfish here; what difference could you possibly make?”
The girl picked up another starfish and tossed it into the waves.
“I made a difference to that one.”
Adapted from Loren Eiseley’s original essay “The Star Thrower” in his 1969 book The Unexpected Universe, multiple variations of this story can be found across the internet. The version above is taken from a publication by the University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development.