You may have heard this story before, The Starfish Story
adapted from The Star Thrower by Loren Eiseley.
It goes like this, once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.
One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.
As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.
He came closer still and called out “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”
The young man paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”
“I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?” asked the somewhat startled wise man.
To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”
Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, “But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”
At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, “I made a difference to that one!”
I LOVE being a BeachBody coach. I’ve been a fitness enthusiast my whole life, but it’s only recently that I have had a chance to actually make a difference in people’s lives. How many people? Maybe a dozen that I am aware of. It’s a small number, but it’s in a short amount of weeks and with few available hours in my day, and the feedback I am getting for the small number of people I am helping makes every hour I put into this worthwhile. Honest feedback from people. Texts telling me they have lost 31 pounds in two months, photos of happy babies watching them working, pics of new sneakers on my Facebook, updates on new sneaker choices, tweets on what friends drank instead of wine last night. Old friends and brand new friends are getting healthy, and finding confidence… glowing! So, if I made a difference to one starfish, it was worth it!