Throwing Starfish

I have mentioned Loren Eiseley in passing on this blog before as being one of my favorite writers. Here he shares a lesson he learned on putting into perspective how one can make a difference.

"While wandering a deserted beach at dawn, stagnant in my work, I saw a man in the distance bending and throwing as he walked the endless stretch toward me. As he came near, I could see that he was throwing starfish, abandoned on the sand by the tide, back into the sea. When he was close enough I asked him why he was working so hard at this strange task. He said that the sun would dry the starfish and they would die. I said to him that I thought he was foolish. There were thousands of starfish on miles and miles of beach. One man alone could never make a difference. He smiled as he picked up the next starfish. Hurling it far into the sea he said, "It makes a difference for this one." I abandoned my writing and spent the morning throwing starfish."


  1. That is a beautiful lesson.

  2. No one of us might be able to change the whole world......

    But any one of us, can change the world for one person.

    Be that person.


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