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The starfish story

An old man was walking on the beach one morning after a storm.

In the distance he could see somebody, a young woman, gently picking up starfish and throwing them into the sea.

Why are you doing that?" asked the man,
There are thousands of starfish along the beach, you cannot possibly make a difference.”

The woman listened, smiled, then picked up another one and threw it back into the sea.
Maybe I can’t help them all,” she replied, “but I made a difference to that one.”

We can’t help everybody, but we can make a difference for you.

Adapted from the original by Loren Eiseley.