Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Home Sweet Home
We have a prayer that is part of our mass on Sunday. We confess to God our sins, for things we have done, and those we have failed to do. I'm guilty at times of not doing something/speaking up when I probably should. I like this story:
Making a Difference (The Story of the Starfish)
A man was walking down a deserted ocean beach at sunset. As he walked along, he could make out the silhouette of another man in the distance.
As he drew nearer, he observed this person repeatedly bending down, picking something up off the beach, and throwing it out into the water. Time and again the man kept hurling things into the ocean.
As the man approached even closer, he noticed that this man was picking up starfish and, one at a time, he was throwing them back into the water.
Puzzled at this behaviour, the man approached. “Good evening, friend,” he said, “can I ask what it is you are doing?”
The man replied: “I’m throwing these starfish back into the sea. You see, it’s low tide, and all of these starfish have been washed up on the shore. If they’re not thrown back into the water, they’ll die from lack of oxygen.”
“While I understand and applaud your intentions,” the first man responded, “there must be thousands of starfish on this beach. You can’t possibly save all of them. And there must be hundreds of beaches just like this one up and down the coast. Can’t you see that you can’t possibly make a difference?”
The man smiled. Then, bending down, he picked up yet another starfish and, having tossed it carefully into the surf, turned to the other man. “Made a difference to that one,” he replied as he walked away. ~Unknown