Can I make a difference?
Do not underestimate one drop!
I came across this story;
Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing.
He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions.
Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching. As the boy walked, he paused every so often and as he grew closer, the man could see that he was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea. The boy came closer still and the man called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”
The young boy paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves,” the youth replied. “When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.”
The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.”
The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned, smiled and said, “It made a difference to that one!”
adapted from The Star Thrower, by Loren Eiseley (1907 – 1977)
I found it so inspiring and honorable, it made me realized how much even the smallest step toward a good intention is impactful and powerful!
How many times do we feel upset, mad, angry or sad while watching a video, seeing a picture, reading an article or hearing a story about animal mistreated, pollution, children abused, food and so many more misaligned stories…
We felt touched, upset, sad whatever bad feeling that we feel because we know deep down that isn’t right this not in alignment with our true selves.
After feeling these emotions, we want to take actions, we wish to take an action to stop that to something about that and then we say to ourselves well it won’t make a difference, I am nobody this problem is too big It is impossible to fix this huge problem, I am going to take a step for nothing Then we go back to our “normal life” pretending everything is ok, everything is fine….
But, guess what like this story tell it so beautifully.
Each small step makes a difference.
It is a ripple effect because we all are connected somehow one step from us will be the inspiration for a future step from another human being it may even be a snow ball...!
Yes, Imagine and don’t forget One drop + one drop made Oceans!
Each of our actions step even the smallest one made a big difference.
Let’s take this step!!