…where it all begins

One day at the beach there was a young girl picking up a starfish, which was one of thousands that at low tide had been washed ashore. One at a time she was throwing them back into the sea. Some people walking along noticed what she was doing and thought she was wasting her time and said ‘Why are you throwing those starfish back?’ She said ‘If I don’t do this they’ll die from lack of oxygen.’ They replied ‘But there are thousands of starfish on this beach and thousands on other beaches. You can’t possibly make a difference to them all.’ Throwing another starfish back into the sea, she smiled and said ‘Made a difference to that one!’

‘The Star Thrower’ by L. Eiseley