Have you heard about the guy walking along the beach throwing starfish back into the ocean when along comes a stranger that asks why he is doing it. The man replies that each starfish is special and deserves to live. The stranger looks around and sees hundreds of starfish and turns back to the man, with great mockery he says, ‘You aren’t even making a dent‘. To that the kind hearted starfish rescuer replies ‘To that one, I made a difference‘ as he tosses another one back.
‘And to that one‘, and he tosses one more.
I’m my own reminder of what I’m not doing.
I love this story and find it inspiring every time I hear it! Today however, today it landed on my heart in a whole new way! I’m can be much more like the naysayer walking down the beach by getting overwhelmed with the things I can’t accomplish. The things I can, I do them and move on. Those I don’t get to seem to mock me, much like the stranger did to the man. I’m my own reminder of what I’m not doing.
Today I got to be the one throwing starfish back!
You know, there are billions of people in this world and we all hustle and bustle our way through the day. Each of us with our To-Do list running through our heads almost as soon as our eyes open!
- We get the kids up to rush them through breakfast
- Then rush them out the door so they get to school
- Once at work we rush to meet the deadline or get to that meeting
- Then maybe a quick lunch
- Work is over, fight rush hour to pick up kids
- Now quickly make supper
- Gobble down supper to get to homework
- Struggled through homework, so off to get ready for bed
- Chaos as we wrap up the bedtime routine get to bed
- Drop into bed exhausted and realize what was left undone and will have to be squeezed in tomorrow
Busy lives sometimes leave out stopping and being thankful for all of the wonderful things that make us busy!
We forget to be thankful we have kids (furkids included) to get up with in the morning. Thankful we have something for breakfast and something to cook breafast with and a nice, warm place to eat that breakfast. Do we stop and say thank you that our kids can go to school (public/home/private – whatever)? How about taking a moment to be grateful for the transportation to work/shopping/church/friends/gas station 😉
Thankful, Grateful, Blessed!
AFT Certification and lot’s of love is how I help one person at a time!
The Starfish parable landed on my heart and I understood it in a way I never had before. Hence the tears. Tears of joy, gratitude and humbleness. I’m so thankful.
Don’t assume the worst of them, give them the best. Throw that starfish back.