Impact

The Starfish Story
based on “The Star Thrower” by Loren Eiseley

One day a child was taking a morning walk along the beach and enjoying the peaceful tumble of waves crashing on the shore.

In the distance he saw an old man bending down, picking something up and tossing it gently into the sea.  He was doing this repeatedly over and over.

Curiously, the child approached the old man to find out what he was doing.  The child noticed it was low tide and the beach was covered in starfish.  When near the old man, the child asked, “What are you doing?”

The old man answered, “I am throwing these starfish back into the sea as they will die if left on the beach in low tide with the sun beating down upon them.”

The child saw hundreds and hundreds of starfish up and down the beach.  He asked, “But why?  There are so many starfish on the beach.  You can’t possibly make any difference!”

The old man looked down, picked up another starfish and tossed it gently back into the sea.  He looked at the child and gently replied, “It made a difference to that one.”