The Star Thrower

Inspired by the writing of Loren Eiseley

There was once a wise old man who spent many hours in thoughtful contemplation walking along the beach. One day as he was out walking he saw someone moving in the distance like a dancer. It made him smile. As he got closer, he realised it was actually a young man. And he wasn’t dancing, he was picking something off the sand and throwing it into the sea.



He asked the young man, “What are you doing?”

The young man looked up and replied “Throwing these starfish back into the sea. The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in they’ll die.”

The old man replied “But there are many thousands of starfish along these miles of beach. Surely you don’t think you can make a difference?”

The young man listened politely. Then he bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea. “I made a difference to that one.”

The old man, troubled, continued on his walk. Suddenly he realised that instead of passively observing the world as it was, the young man was choosing to take action and make a difference in the way that he could. As he walked back along the beach he met the young man again. He stopped once more, but this time he bent over, picked up a starfish and threw it into the sea.

For me, this story speaks of how being open to seeing things from different perspectives opens up a new world of possibility for action. It also says that we all have our own unique gifts and an ability to make a difference.

Connecting to what matters to us and allowing ourselves to accept our gifts and embrace opportunities allows us to find our inner power and follow a meaningful path.

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