An old man walked across the beach until he came across a young boy throwing something into the breaking waves. Upon closer inspection, the old man could see that the boy was tossing stranded starfish from the sandy beach, back into the ocean.
“What are you doing, young man?” He asked.
“If the starfish are still on the beach when the sun rises, they will die,” the boy answered.
“That is ridiculous. There are thousands of miles of beach and millions of starfish. It doesn’t matter how many you throw in; you can’t make a difference.”
“It matters to this one,” the boy said as he threw another starfish into the waves and it matters to this one, I can’t save them all I know. But it matters to this one, and it matters to me.”
When you choose a rescue a person or an animal, you have saved a life and do your part in this world as a Human Being. Rescues can be wonderful, life-long companions if only given the chance.
We cannot underestimate the power that we hold in our hands to touch someone’s life, to change someone’s mind for the positive, or to make a healing impact on a circumstance today – right now. Even what seems like a symbolic act has the power to inspire others to act, and to cause a lasting impact on others’ lives, often in ways we may never truly and fully know.
As a society we are so focused on results, on numbers – how many lives did you touch, how much fruit did you bear, how much money did you make? It would easy for us to doubt that we are making a difference. That phone call we take. That impromptu conversation we have with someone in passing. That time we listened to someone’s struggles, their story. There is a tendency to only see or value that which produces the most externally. But we know and believe that there are deeper results that can be produced – results that are not as outwardly tangible, but internally are deeply significant and lasting. Results that impact lives and hearts and spirits in ways that cannot be measured, recorded, tallied or formed into statistics.
What acts of kindness have you performed?
What kindnesses by others have blessed your life?
Please share your thoughts.