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This story was originally told by Loren Eiseley in his book “The Star Thrower.”

An elderly man was walking along the beach and noticed in the distance the shape of someone repeatedly bending down to pick something up and then throwing it into the ocean.

As he got closer he saw that it was a young boy who was picking up the starfish that had been washed up by the tides and returning them to the deep.

He walked up to the boy and asked him what he was doing.

“These starfish get washed up by the tides and if they’re not returned to the water soon, they will dry up and die.” responded the lad.

The old man looked up and down the miles of beach and saw that there were thousands of starfish left stranded.

“Look at all of the starfish that are dead and dying, you can’t possibly make a difference!”

The boy reached down, picked up another starfish and gently returned it to the sea.

“I made a difference to that one.”

It’s easy to see the overwhelming needs in the world and think that you can’t make a difference.

It’s just as easy to be cynical about those who try to make things better in the midst of such massive need.

Just find one person and make a difference to their world.

And then another, and another.

You can make a difference and we need you to.

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