The Starfish Story



The Starfish Story
Original Story by Loren Eisley
 
One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed
a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the 
ocean.
Approaching the boy, he asked, "What are you doing?"
The youth replied, "Throwing starfish back into the ocean.
The surf is up and the tide is going out.  If I don't throw them
back, they'll die."
"Son," the man said, "don't you realize there are miles and miles
of beach and hundreds of starfish?
You can't make a difference!"
 
After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another
starfish,
and threw it back into the surf.  Then, smiling at the man, he said..."
I made a difference for that one."