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Can You Make A Difference? | The Starfish Story

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The Star Thrower

The Starfish Story

I thought it was time for another story. I love stories. Do you?

Stories have a way to connect and stay with us like nothing else ever could. They tap into our inner feelings and make us part of it. The reason why we remember stories is because they pull on our emotional strings. … They make us think and they make us feel. And it’s that feeling that helps us remember.

The story I am going to tell you today is one of my all-time favorites.

So… without further ado, here it is…

The Starfish Story

adapted from The Star Thrower
by Loren Eiseley
1907 – 1977

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, “I made a difference to that one!”

Great story, isn’t it?

We often think we are too insignificant or too unimportant to make a difference. We couldn’t be further from the truth.

One person CAN make a difference.

Just like there are many starfish out there that need saving there are many people out there who are hurting financially in these tough economic times. We can’t save them all, but we can save some of them and then teach those to save some more. That’s called leverage.

Eventually, together, we can make a difference to a whole lot of people.

Did you know, that just $250 extra a month would keep many people from bankruptcy? A home based business could help accomplish that. On top of that, owning your own business has great tax benefits.

To your success,

Ilka Flood
The Enlightened Networker

P.S. If you liked this story, please share it with others. Thank You!

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Hi Ilka,

Great story :) We can always make a difference no matter what we’re engaged in. Hold the idea that every single thing you do causes a ripple effect in the universe….yep, I’d say that’s a difference!

Thanks for sharing,

Ryan
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Hi Ryan,

Yeah, I heard about the “Butterfly Effect” and it really drove home the point. Every action we take causes a ‘reaction’ in the universe. Powerful stuff!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Ilka

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Ilka,

I remember reading the starfish story a long time ago and it was nice to be reminded of it with your article.

I especially like this because you are totally right. One person can make a difference.

Excellent Post!

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Hi Melisa,

I don’t know how many times I read it but I always am inspired again. It’s a beautiful story that really drives home a point. As you say … one person CAN make a difference.

Have a gorgeous weekend!

Ilka

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And that is why we do what we do, so we can make a difference to our and other peoples lives.

Great story. I love stories also, they help to bring ome powerful messages.

Have a great weekend
Dwayne
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Hi Dwayne,

Exactly! And yes, stories bring home powerful messages.

Have an awesome weekend!

Ilka

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Hi Ilka,

I love stories and even though I had heard this one before it was lovely to be reminded of it again. So true just focus on the difference we can make little bit at a time.

I recently heard someone say that instead of judging your success by your bank balance rather judge it by how many people’s lives you have impacted positively.

~Marcus
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Hi Marcus,

Oh I love it! Judging your success by how many people’s lives you have impacted is so much more rewarding than looking at numbers.

Have an awesome weekend!

Ilka

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Hey Ilka,

I love that story! I just reminds me that every time I’m working with a new partner in my business. I’m making a huge difference in their life. We all can make a huge impact for the remaining 6 month. Go out and impact one more person!

Chat with you later…
Josh
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Hi Josh,

Absolutely, true! Let’s make the last six months the best six months of this year.

Have a great week!

Ilka

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Great story Ilka

Sometimes people get overwhelmed trying to help everyone when all they have to do is help one person at a time.

Same for charity, some people do not donate because they think that $1 is not enough, yet that $1 can mean so much.
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Hi Peter,

You nailed it. Every little bit helps.

Have a great week!

Ilka

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This is true, we can make the difference. Yes, we can.
Help someone in need now and you will make the difference, among all those in need.

This is a good reason to abide by.

Great story Ilka.

As always, Blessings to you all.

Jose Joe Lasa

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Hi Jose,

Absolutely, it’s like a domino effect. And then too, what we give out we get back manifold.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Ilka

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Hi Ilka,

Sometimes it’s the little things that can make all the difference.

A kind word or gesture at the right time can make a big impact.

Just one little thing to one person every day, how much difference can you make?

A Lot.

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Hi Michael,

Put a smile on someone’s face and you win their heart. That’s why I do what I do.

Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome week!

Ilka

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P.S. I don’t know why CommentLuv doesn’t work on your comment. That’s the second time that happened.

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Hey Ilka,

Glad I stopped by today :) I have always loved that story. We can’t be reminded enough — CARE about people. We are here for a much greater purpose than to just please ourselves.

You are always a bright spot in my day,
Tragena

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Hi Tragena,

You are such a sweetheart! Thank you for your kind words! Guess it takes one to know one :)

Kindness and gratitude are two of the most important keys to a happy and fulfilling life.

I want nothing but the very best for you, Chris and your sweet little boys.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great evening!

Ilka

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Hi Ilka,

Thanks for sharing this beautiful story. As requested, I’ll share it with others.

Have a great day,
Susan
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Hi Susan,

You are very welcome. Glad you liked it. And thanks for sharing it! I truly appreciate it.

Have a great week!

Ilka

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I remembered that I teared when I read this story for the first time as I saw myself as THAT starfish that was saved by Jesus.
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I can definitely relate. It’s a very touching story.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Ilka

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