Monday, February 19, 2007

Making a difference

A young man walking down the beach observed an old man picking up starfish that had washed up on the shore. As he got closer, he saw the old man throwing them back into the ocean. He approached the old man and asked, "What are you doing?" The old man replied, "If I don't throw the starfish back in the water, they're going to die." "But there must be thousands of beaches, and millions of starfish. You can't save them all. Don't you know you'll never make a difference!" The old man reached down, picked up a starfish, and simply replied, "I'll make a difference to this one."

I've come across this story three different times in the past week, in three different places. What does that mean?

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