2A friend of ours was walking down a deserted Mexican beach at sunset A friend of ours was walking down a deserted Mexican beach at sunset. As he walked along, he began to see another man in the distance.As he grew nearer, he noticed that the local native kept leaning down, picking something up and throwing it out into the water. Time and again he kept hurling things into the ocean.
3As our friend approached even closer, he noticed that the man was picking up starfish that had been washed up on the beach and, one at a time, he was throwing them back into the water.
4Our friend was puzzled. He approached the man and said, “Good morning, friend. I was wondering… what are you doing?”“I’m throwing these starfish back into the ocean. You see, it’s low tide right now and all of these starfish have been washed up onto the shore. If I don’t throw them back into the sea, they’ll die up here from lack of oxygen.”
5Can’t you see that you can’t possibly make a difference?” “I understand,” my friend replied, “but there must be thousands of starfish on this beach. You can’t possibly get to all of them. There are simply too many And don’t you realize this is probably happening on hundreds of beaches all up and down this coast?Can’t you see that you can’tpossibly make a difference?”
6“Made a differenceto that one!”The local native smiled, bent down and picked up yet another starfish, and as he threw it back into the sea, he replied:
7We read that usually governments and armies and wars and great powers, great empires, change history and the face of the Earth.So sometimes we're discouraged and think, "Well, who am I? What can I do? It all seems so hopeless and impossible!”"It looks like there's NOTHING that ONE PERSON can do to change things for the better, so what's the use of trying, what's the use of doing anything?” And we're tempted to just give up and let the world go to hell, which it seems to deserve!
8It's too late, too bad, too big, too difficult? SO, YOU THINK YOU CAN'T ACTIVATE ANY CHANGE?It's too late, too bad, too big, too difficult?It is tempting to shift responsibility to those who have special expertise or are in positions of authority instead of doing our part It seems too complicated and overwhelming for us.But complexity and difficulty do not excuse us from our own individual efforts.
9YOU CAN MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE. Just like that man at the beach,you can reach out today andMAKE A DIFFERENCE!