Make a Difference
“Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them.”
—Orison Swett Marden
One day, a man was walking along a sandy beach. As he walked, he saw a boy repeatedly bending down, standing up, and then swinging an arm toward the ocean. From a distance, it appeared as though the boy was dancing.
As the man drew nearer, he saw that the boy was not dancing; he was picking up starfish off the beach, turning toward the ocean, and throwing them past the crashing waves into deep water.
When the man reached the boy he said, 'Good morning. May I ask what you are doing?' The boy paused, looked up, and said, 'I'm throwing starfish into the ocean.' 'Why are you doing such a thing?' asked the man. The boy responded, 'The sun is up and the tide is going out. If the starfish stay on the shore, they will die.' The man observed that the shore was littered with starfish.
'But young man,' he said, 'There are thousands of starfish. How will saving a few make any difference?' The boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it into the water. He then said, 'It made a difference to that one!'
Many times small efforts return great results! Just like the boy, we can all make a difference in the lives of those that surround us. Make a difference in someone's life today!
*Adapted from 'The Star Thrower' by Loren C. Eiseley