A man saw an old woman stooped over on a beach covered with starfish. He asked her what she was doing, to which she replied, "I am throwing the starfish back into the sea - if I don't, they will dry up and die."
Laughing, the man said, "But Old Woman, there are so many starfish on the beach, you can't possibly make a difference."
She picked up a starfish and threw it back into the sea. Then looking at the man, she said, "I just did to that one."
next day, the old woman visited the beach to check on the starfish. She
saw the same man and his children throwing the starfish back into the
sea. "Hello, Old Woman," he said with a twinkle in his eyes. "We are
here to make a difference to a few more starfish."
- Adapted from “The Star Thrower” by Loren Eiseley (1907 – 1977)