Monday, February 15, 2010

The Man and the Starfish

A beautiful story as told by the remarkable Wally (Famous) Amos (FAVOURITE cookies of all time!)...

source from here and here.

One day as Wally was walking on the beach, he saw the shadow of a man picking things up from the beach and throwing them into the ocean. As he got closer, he noticed the man was saving the lives of starfish that had been washed ashore by the low tide. The man was throwing the starfish back into the sea one by one. There were hundreds of starfish surrounding Wally and the man, and looking up the coast there were infinite more starfish to save.

Wally asked the man, “What are you doing?” “Saving the starfish,” he responded. “But there are hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions of starfish that have been washed ashore along the coastline. You can’t really believe that by throwing back a few hundred starfish in the ocean, that you’re really going to make a substantial difference, do you?” The man turned to Wally and said nothing. He then picked up another starfish and hurled it into the sea as far as he could. He then looked Wally right in the eye and said, “Made a difference to that one…”

One person can make a huge difference. Never doubt your ability. :)

Today is the 3rd day of our traditional Chinese New Year. HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone celebrating this festival! For those who may not know, the festival begins on the first day of the first month in the Chinese calendar and ends on the 15th. This means there are 15 days of celebration (sadly only two public holidays).

Stay tuned for more updates and pics in my next post! HUAT AH!!! ('prosper' in Hokkien)~~~ :D


Lori said...

What a terrific story and SO true! The picture is fabulous too.

Have a great day.

koralee said...

LOVE LOVE your message can and always will make a difference..especially if you are the one effected by that ONE! xoxoxoJoy today sweet one.

Lrc said...

That story is an important reminder...often we feel so small in the world. I hope that you prosper in the coming year! enjoy the rest of your new year celebrations!

cabin + cub said...

Sweet story!
Hope you are having a great new year so far! ;)

Almay Alday said...

That has always been one of my favorite stories! It's been awhile since I've heard! Thanks for reminding me that we can all make a difference!

Pili said...

A lovely story AND reminder, Rheea!
We shall always keep in mind to make the differences we can and help however we can!

Torie Jayne said...

What a a wonderful story! Have a sweet day!