From a mental health standpoint, it seems any where you turn these days, someone is struggling with some issue be it financial, emotional, or psychological. To that end, as we all ban together to endure a fluxuating economy, may we remember we are all in the same “life boat” and extend a hand to each other when necessary:
The Wise Man, The Young Man and the Starfish
Once upon a time, there was a wise man that used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.
One day, he was walking along the shore. As he looked down the beach, he saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself to think of someone who would dance to the day. So he began to walk faster and to catch up.
As he got closer, he saw that it was a young man and the young man wasn’t dancing, but instead he was reaching down to the shore, picking up something and very gently throwing it into the ocean.
As he got closer, he called out, “Good morning! What are you doing”?
The young man paused, looked up and replied. “Throwing starfish in the ocean”.
“I guess I should have asked, why are you throwing starfish in the ocean”?
“The sun is up and the tide is going out. And if I don’t throw them in, they’ll die”.
“But young man, don’t you realize that there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it? You can’t possibly make a difference!”
The young man listened politely. Then bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea, past the breaking waves and said, “It made a difference for that one.”
There is something very special in each and every one of us. We have all been gifted with the ability to make a difference. And if we become aware of that gift, we gain through the strength of our visions the power to shape the future.
We must each find our starfish. And if we throw our starfish wisely and well, the world will be blessed.
Adapted from the The Star Thrower by Loren Eiseley.
“If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.” – Bob Hope.
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