The starfish

I was going to write a big blog post about what made me want to become a life coach. But instead I am going to let Loren Eiseley story tell her story, so you can understand why I want to do all of this and what makes me get out of bed in the morning. This story is now my life’s philosophy that I live by, my very own, favourite story (I’ve always wanted one of those). Take it away Loren

Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions. 

Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching.  As the boy walked, he paused every so often and as he grew closer, the man could see that he was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea.  The boy came closer still and the man called out, “Good morning!  May I ask what it is that you are doing?”

The young boy paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves,” the youth replied. “When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.”

The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.”

The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned, smiled and said, “It made a difference to that one!”

Adapted from The Star Thrower, by Loren Eiseley (1907 – 1977)  

That one line, “It made a difference to that one!” had me hook, line and sinker, no pun intended.

I thought to myself ‘That’s what I want to do, help starfish’. Well not just any starfish, human ones. People everywhere need people like me to care enough about them to throw them back in the water and give them a chance to have a better life. To me it doesn’t matter if I only help one person. To me that’s enough, that would make me happy forever, knowing that I changed just one person’s life and that I made a difference to their world.

Hope this story makes a difference in your world to.