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The Starfish

There was an old author that used to go to the beach in the mornings and walk, sometimes for hours, in search of inspiration for his writing.
On one such occasion he was taking his walk and as he looked down the beach he saw a human figure moving like a dancer.

The old man smiled to himself at the vision of someone dancing with the sunrise and continued on his way, curiosity having the better of him. As he got closer he saw that it was a young man and he was not dancing at all.  Instead, he was reaching down to the shore, picking up something and very gently throwing it into the ocean.

As the old man got closer he called out, "Good morning! What are you doing?"

The young man paused, looked up and replied, "Throwing starfish in the ocean."

"Fair enough, but why are you throwing starfish in the ocean?"

"The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in they'll die."
 The boy stated this so matter-of-factly that the old man was taken aback at first, wondering if there was some logic he was not comprehending.  He said slowly, "young man, don't you realize that there are miles and miles of beach and thousands of starfish all along it? You can't possibly make a difference!"

The young man listened politely, then bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea, past the breaking waves and said,
"it made a difference for that one."

Based on "The Star Thrower" by Loren Eiseley

 

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11 comments:

  1. ohh
    those compositions reminds me about my trip to Thailand..
    I have been in paradise..

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  2. We rarely if ever see starfish on the coast of the North Sea. The photo of the beach with pebbles as far as the eye can see shows a sight I have never seen - it's almost too symmetrical.

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  3. I love starfish so much - have found 3 on the beaches of Washington that were able to be collected over the years.

    Great post!

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  4. I love that story. I am going to print it and frame it!!!!!!!

    I am so glad you stopped by my blog because I love yours!!!!

    Janet :)

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  5. Loved the story and all the starfish! In North Carolina (where I vacation sometimes) they have these beautiful purple and orange starfish. It's so much fun finding live starfish washed up on the beach and putting them back in the water.

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  6. Don't you think starfish are the friendliest stars?

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  7. I love LockoFire's comment :-)
    Once we saw hundreds of starfish on the beach on Perdido... we threw all of them back!
    I have never seen them like that before or since... isn't that funny?
    Another friday's favorite for sure!

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  8. Great story. Thank you for sharing. I do love starfish!!

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  9. I can't even tell you how special this is! I heard a version of this a while ago and was so moved. I posted about it too! Thank you so much for sharing, this made my day!
    http://polkadotpancakes.blogspot.com/2010/09/starfish-and-world-gratitude-day.html

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  10. Thanks for visiting, I'm now following! Love, love your blog since I'm in love with all things nautical!

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  11. mm
    amazing
    I like all that has connected with a sea

    thanks and Happy holidays

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