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Make a Difference

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 saw a figure moving like a dancer.
He smiled to himself to think of someone
who would dance to the day.
So he began to walk faster to catch up.
As he got closer, he saw that it was a young man and that he
wasn't dancing, but instead reaching down to the shore,
picking up something and very gently throwing it into the ocean.
As he got closer he called out,
"Good morning! What are you doing?"
The young man paused, looked up and replied,
"Throwing starfish in the ocean."
"I guess I should have asked,
why are you throwing starfish in the ocean?"
"The sun is up and the tide is going out.
And if I don't throw them in they'll die."
"But, young man, don't you realize that there are miles
and miles of beach and starfish all along it.
You can't possibly make a difference!"
The young man listed politely.
Then he bent down, picked another starfish
and threw it into the sea, past the breaking waves and said-
"It made a difference for that one."

There is something very special in each and every one of us.
We have all been gifted with the ability to make a difference.
And if we can become aware of that gift,
we gain through the strength of our visions
the power to shape the future.
We must each find our starfish.
And if we throw our stars wisely and well,
the world will be blessed.


As I live each day
may I do my part
to make one difference,
to touch one heart,
And through each day
may it be my goal
to encourage one mind
and inspire one soul.
To spend my days wisely
in all that I do
caring and loving
and living
for You.

~Author Unknown~
 
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