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Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Legend of the Starfish

Here is 1 minute video from Coach Trent Todd that illustrates this point perfectly 

I'm sure there are times that you, like me, experience something very similar ...

Let's have the attitude of the boy.

The Legend of the Starfish

A vacationing businessman was walking along a beach when he saw a young boy. 

Along the shore were many starfish that had been washed up by the tide and were sure to die before the tide returned. 

The boy walked slowly along the shore and occasionally reached down and tossed the beached starfish back into the ocean. 

The businessman, hoping to teach the boy a little lesson in common sense, walked up to the boy and said, "I have been watching what you are doing, son. 

You have a good heart, and I know you mean well, but do you realize how many beaches there are around here and how many starfish are dying on every beach every day. Surely such an industrious and kind hearted boy such as yourself could find something better to do with your time. 

Do you really think that what you are doing is going to make a difference?" 

The boy looked up at the man, and then he looked down at a starfish by his feet. 

He picked up the starfish, and as he gently tossed it back into the ocean, he said, "It makes a difference to that one”.

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