to make a difference

I published this post 2 years ago, but during breakfast this morning for some reason I thought about it and searched for it to read it again – so have I decided to post it again because I think we all need a reminder at the time. I sure do! Especially when the world is behaving so crazy around us as it does those days.

Sometimes in the rush of our modern society, we forget that even the smallest things in life make a difference to someone or something.

There is so many out there … that needs help, both on home ground and worldwide.

The original is written by “Loren Eiseley” in 1969  – “The Star Thrower” is a part of a 16-page essay of the same name by.

“While walking along a beach, an elderly gentleman saw someone in the distance leaning down, picking something up and throwing it into the ocean.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, picking up starfish one by one and tossing each one gently back into the water.

He came closer still and called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”

The young man paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”

The old man smiled, and said, “I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?”

To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”

Upon hearing this, the elderly observer commented, “But, young man, do you not realise that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”

The young man listened politely. Then he bent down, picked up another starfish, threw it into the back into the ocean past the breaking waves and said, “It made a difference for that one.”

“Chi Mai” by Ennio Morricone – is one of the most beautiful modern piece of music I know. Written in 1971 … and it was used in the film “Maddalena” the same year. Famous it became through being used in “The Professional” (1981 film). Chi Mai is Italian and means whoever. Just like this story … whoever that wants to can make a difference.

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52 thoughts on “to make a difference

      • Truly a little kindness is not going to hurt anyone, instead that person will realize that since “a stranger showed kindness to me why can’t i do the same and MAKE A DIFFERENCE…” 🙂

      • You are so right … we don’t have to preform miracles. I find that kindness isn’t around as it use to be … don’t know what has happen *smile

  1. Beautiful story. But the song hit me again, I know it, so beautiful again… You took me again to the past… It was beautiful film, Jean Paul Belmondo… Thank you dear, you made my day today. Love, nia

    • My pleasure – I knew it been in a film, but I didn’t know witch one. Le Professionnel – as it says on the media player. How stupid can I be???? Have a feeling it has been in an other movie too. Have to find out. Has one of my favorite tracks for year – Ennio Morricone, have made some beautiful soundtracks. Very powerful music, but still soft.

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    • Gunilla, yes it truly is … when I was walking on the beach in Skagen I was a starfish up on land and I throw it back in the ocean, I think it was all because of this story. We can save everybody – but can make a difference to few … only have to be one per day.

  3. It is a touching story. At times we feel our actions are so small comparing to the great needs, yet, yes, this one makes a difference. I love the music, touches my heart. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Absolutely beautiful. A tender post. A moment in time. A great example of “Don’t let people pull you into their storm. Pull them into your peace”. Thank you for this.

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