What will you do differently after reading The Parable of The Boy and the Starfish?
One day an old man was walking along a beach that was littered with thousands of starfish that had been washed ashore by the high tide. He came upon a young boy who was eagerly throwing the starfish back into the ocean, one by one. Puzzled, the man looked at the boy and asked what he was doing.
The young boy paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves,” the boy replied. “When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.”
The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.”
The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned, smiled and said, “It made a difference to that one!”
Do you ever feel dejected because you believe you’re unable to make a considerable impact in helping to solve the world’s troubles, or perhaps you struggle with feeling unequipped to support the people in your life? Instead of focusing on what you’re unable to do, focus on what you can control. Remember, no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
Who are the people in your life you can help? Why is your help important? What help can you give? What is stopping you from providing support? What is required for you to take action? Your answers to these five questions can help change the world for someone else.
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