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.
day he was walking along the shore. As
he looked down the beach, he saw a human figure.
As he got closer he called out, "Good Morning!
What are you doing?"
young man paused, looked up and replied, "Throwing starfish in the
guess I should have asked, why are you throwing starfish in the
sun is up, and the tide is going out.
And if I don't throw them in they'll die."
young man, don't you realize that there are miles and miles of beach, and
starfish all along it. You
can't possibly make a difference!"
young man listened politely. Then
bent down, picked another starfish and threw it into the sea, past the
breaking waves and said, "It made a difference for that one."
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