The Story of The Starfish

This morning, I wanted to share with you all a beautiful, empowering story that I've heard so many times, especially on adoption blogs. Anyone can make a difference!

Once upon a time, there was a wise man who 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, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.

He came closer still and called out "Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?"

The young man paused, looked up, and replied "Throwing starfish into the ocean."

"I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" asked the somewhat startled wise man.

To this, the young man replied, "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die."

Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, "But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!"

At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, "It made a difference for that one."


  1. Great story, I,ve never heard it before. This is so true, anyone can make a difference..

  2. okay, so I have never heard this story before either. I LOVE it, what an awesome reminder that we all can make a difference no matter how small! I am going to print this out!!! thank you so very much!

  3. I've hear this story before and I continue to love it. What a lesson for all our lives as things are moving so fast and can be overwhelming. It really is the little things!

  4. Beautiful and inspirational story. I never heard it before, but it reminds me when my oldest was about 5 and we were walking down the beach in Mexico and we saw all these baby turtles struggling to get back in and the tidy kept throwing them out.

    We spent hours and hours that day and following day throwing them back in over the tide...we made a difference to them and taught over son a lesson at the same time.

  5. Lovely story. I have heard it before and love hearing it again. Thanks for the reminder :-)

  6. I have never heard this story before either and I love it! Awesome reminder that 'you' can make a difference in any situation no matter how big or small the contribution!

  7. Hi Sydney - We have often used this story when my kids feel like anything they do won't make a difference. It is a profound story. Good to see it out there in bloggy world.
    God bless

  8. What a great story.... I can't wait to use it myself....


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