Make a difference

Once there was a little boy walking along an ocean beach. The beach stretched for miles, literally as far as the eye could see.

Every day there were millions of starfish dying on the beach — creatures that had been washed up onto the beach by waves, but who had no way of returning back into the water.

The little boy began picking up these small urchins, one by one, and returning them to the sea, thus assuring that they would live.

An elderly man watched this performance, and as the little boy continued along the beach, the man spoke to him. “Little boy, why are you doing this? Can’t you see that there are millions of these starfish dying here in the sun?” What you are doing can’t possibly make a difference.”

The little boy looked at the man for a moment, and then reached down, picked up a starfish and returned it to the sea. “I made a difference to this one,” he said.

In small ways, every day, you can make a difference. Don’t think about what can’t be done; rather, focus on what you can do.

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