The Man And The Starfish

 

Today’s Monday Motivation is one of my favourite stories. It is a simple yet profound story about making a difference. If you have ever thought that what you do won’t make a difference, this story is for you.

There was a man taking a morning walk on the beach. He saw that along with the morning tide came hundreds of starfish and when the tide receded, they were left behind. With the morning sun rays, they would die. The tide was fresh and the starfish were alive. The man took a few steps, picked one and threw it into the water. He did that repeatedly.

Right behind him there was another person who couldn’t understand what this man was doing. He caught up with him and asked, “What are you doing? There are hundreds of starfish. How many can you help? What difference does it make?” This man did not reply, took two more steps, picked up another one, threw it into the water, and said, “It makes a difference to this one.”

Gandhi once said, “Whatever you do may seem insignificant to you, but it is most important that you do it. ”

To making a difference,

Chiao Kee

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