The Starfish Flinger


I liked this story and thus I’m sharing it with you.

As the old woman walked the beach at dawn, she noticed a young girl ahead of her picking up starfish and flinging them into the sea.  Finally catching up with the girl, she asked her why she was doing this.  The answer was that the stranded starfish would die if left until the morning sun.

“But the beach goes on for miles and there are millions of starfish,” countered the other. “How can your effort make any difference?”

The young girl looked at the starfish in her hand and then threw it to safety in the waves.

“It makes a difference to this one.” she said

– Author Unknown

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One Comment to “The Starfish Flinger”

  1. Loren Eiseley is the author of this quote. Loren Eiseley likened the brain of a writer to “an unseen artist’s loft” in which “pictures from the past” were stored and brought forth to be magnified or reduced in order to form a pattern. Many of the patterns he created in his work were associated with his experiences during his years growing up in his prairie state, Nebraska. The land, the people and the institutions left an ineradicable mark upon him and colored what he did.

    Born in 1907 in Lincoln, he spent his first crucial years in the eastern part of the state, only leaving in 1933 to begin graduate study in anthropology. His time was characterized by the end of pioneer days in the Middle West, the growth of towns and cities, and the accumulation of wealth. The capital city, in which he spent most of those early years, doubled in population. In the 26 years from 1907 to 1933, Lincoln grew from 40,000 to 80,000 residents and it was in those years that the schools, museums, and libraries that were so important to him were established.

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