A wise man was taking a sunrise walk along a beach. He came upon a young man who was picking up starfish from the sand and tossing them gently back into the ocean.

"What are you doing?" the wise man asked.

"The sun is coming up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they will die," was the young man’s response.

To that, the wise man replied, "But there are miles and miles of beach and millions of starfish. You cannot possibly make a difference."  

The young man bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it lovingly back beyond the breaking waves. "I made a difference for that one," he replied.



-Loren Eisley


The Star Thrower