I've heard this story before, and it's always good to hear it again! thanks a whole lot!
----- Original Message ----- From: "beth" <fb-oe@xxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, February 19, 2006 8:33 PM
Subject: [bct] Great story
When One Person Can Make a Difference (Author Unknown)
I awoke early, as I often did, just before sunrise, to walk by the ocean's
edge and greet the new day.
As I moved through the morning dawn, I focused on a faint, far awayI saw a youth, bending and reaching and flailing arms, dancing on thebeach,no doubt in celebration of the perfect day soon to begin. As I approached,Irealized that the youth was not dancing to the bay, but rather bending tothem
sift through the debris left by the night's tide, stopping now and then to
pick up starfish and then standing, to heave it back into the sea.
I asked the youth the purpose of the effort. "The tide has washed the starfish onto the beach and they cannot return to the sea by themselves," the youth replied. "When the sun rises, they will die, unless I throwinback into the sea."
As the youth explained, I surveyed the vast expanse of beach, stretchingmeboth directions beyond eyesight. Starfish littered the shore in numbers beyond calculation. The hopelessness of the youth's plan became clear toand I countered, "But there are more starfish on this beach than you can ever save before the sun is up. Surely you cannot expect to make a difference."
The youth paused briefly to consider my words, bent to pick up a starfish
and threw it as far as
possible. Turning to me he simply said, "I made a difference to that ONE."