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Before you buy that Wild Caught reptile, read this!

'The Starfish'

Paraphrased from: The Star Thrower

By Loren Eiseley

Once upon a time there was a wise man that used to go
to the ocean to do his writing.
One day he was walking along the shore. As he looked down the beach, he
saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself to think of
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 the young man wasn't
dancing, but instead he was 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
"I guess I should have asked, why are you throwing starfish in the ocean?"
"The sun is up and he tide is going out. And if I don't throw them in they'll
"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 listened politely. Then 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 and
we must each find our own starfish.
We have all been gifted with the ability to make a difference and if we throw
our stars wisely and well - the world will be blessed!

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Thank you Carol for sharing this with me.
When I feel my efforts are futile I read this story
and it gives me the courage to go on!
Thank You!!

This page added 8/14/2002.

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