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The Starfish Story

Just like the Mayonnaise Jar of Life, I'm sure many of you have heard the inspiring Starfish Story. It gives the message that even though you may feel small and insignificant in this world, you do make a difference to those around you.

Check out this touching video based on the story.



If you've never heard the original Starfish Story, then

Here's the original story written by Loren Eisley:

One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean. Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?”

The youth replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.”

“Son,” the man said, “Don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a difference!”

After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said, "I made a difference for that one.”

Join The Conversation
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I loved the mayo jar story...
Beaner Beaner 9 years
That made me cry...I'm so sensitive. :)
kia kia 9 years
It is a good video and story though.
kia kia 9 years
I love it [sarcasm] when folks use this story for inspiration and then proceed to use dead, dried starfish for wedding invites and decor. Has anyone else seen that?
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