The starfish story and making a difference

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          Welcome to the Starfish site and how even a single act can make a difference.          

You need to know the starfish story.  The following is not original.  It was told to me and I pass it on:

A storm had washed starfish onto a beach.  A young boy saw an old man who was picking up the starfish and putting them back in the sea.  He asked him why and the old man replied, "The sun is up and the tide is going out, if I don't put them back, they'll die." 

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

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











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