February 25, 2005

Small Things Matter Most

Early one morning, I was walking down the beach as the tide was going out. I saw a man coming the other way. As he approached, I noticed that he would occasionally stop, pick up a stranded starfish, look at it and toss the starfish back into the sea.

When we met, I asked him what he was doing. He said, "If the starfush are still on the sand when the sun comes up and hits them, they will die. I throw them back in the sea and give them a chance to live."

I responded, "But there are hundreds of miles of beach and you are just one man. Does what you doing really matter?" He picked up another starfish, looked at it, and threw it back into the sea. "It does to that one," he said.

Reprinted from Harbor Lights

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