Sunday Thought For The Day

by Lance Ekum on · 57 comments

Purple and Orange Starfish on the Beach
Creative Commons License photo credit: TheMarque+

The Starfish Story

One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed
a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.

Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?”

The youth replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean.
The surf is up and the tide is going out.  If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.”

“Son,” the man said, “don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish?
You can’t make a difference!”

After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish,
and threw it back into the surf.  Then, smiling at the man, he said…”
I made a difference for that one.”

~ Original Story by: Loren Eisley

Lance writes stories from his heart, aiming to inspire and motivate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he's not here, you can find him hanging out with his family, riding a bike, or just generally acting goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Treehouse newsletter and get additional inspiration in your email inbox!
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Chania Girl April 11, 2010 at 1:56 am

Sometimes our own words can add little to the message of a story, and that’s how I feel after reading this post. Simply beautiful. Thank you, Lance, for this reminder. 🙂
.-= Chania Girl´s Last Fabulous Post ..What Makes a Hero =-.


Dave (MisterGoodGuy) April 11, 2010 at 2:03 am

Hi Lance, I think that sometimes we don’t even try to make a difference in our own lives let alone the lives of others, because on the face of it, the act (whatever it might be) seems so futile. I’m going to chuck a few starfish back in the ocean today!
.-= Dave (MisterGoodGuy)´s Last Fabulous Post ..A Bit Of Friday Fun =-.


Lynn April 11, 2010 at 2:23 am

It is true – we can’t do it all, but we can do something. Thank you for the reminder.
.-= Lynn´s Last Fabulous Post ..The pollen, down came the rain and the long way =-.


Sid Savara April 11, 2010 at 3:46 am

Hey Lance,

Thanks for posting this – one of my favorite stories =)
.-= Sid Savara´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Definitive Guide to Organize Your Life And Get Rid of Clutter =-.


MizFit April 11, 2010 at 4:39 am

One of my fave stories as well, Lance, and something Ive tried to integrate into my personal brand.

To the massofstarfishintheocean we may be one person but to ONE starfish we may be the world.


Jeanne April 11, 2010 at 4:51 am

Fabulous as always.
I look forward to all of your Sunday postings.
.-= Jeanne´s Last Fabulous Post ..She comes in Colours Everywhere She’s like a Rainbow =-.


Miguel de Luis April 11, 2010 at 5:00 am

Ah, Lance, that gives me strength for the week. At times you encounter those kind of people who never do anything because it won’t save the whole world, feed all the starving kids or accomplish universal peace.
.-= Miguel de Luis´s Last Fabulous Post ..La ley del columpio =-.


Zeenat{Positive Provocations} April 11, 2010 at 6:16 am

As I read this all i could think and feel was relief. That yes, indeed we make a difference… little thought at a time. On little helping hand at a time. One little smile at a time.
Gentle Baby Steps….nothing goes wasted. Everything we do or say or think is purposeful….we just cant see the ripples in action just as yet…..
Thank you fro sharing this my friend.
Lovely as always.
Much love,


LisaNewton April 11, 2010 at 6:20 am

The idea that one person can make a difference is so important. You’ve started my Sunday morning with a renewed sense of the importance each of us can have on others.

Thanks, Lance.
.-= LisaNewton´s Last Fabulous Post ..Mid-Life Cycle =-.


Lance April 11, 2010 at 6:23 am

@Chania Girl – Just “simply beautiful”….that does really sum it up. Carla, thank you for being here…

@Dave – Hey Dave. Right! We might think “what difference will it make”. And while it may not seem like much, every “starfish we chuck back into the ocean” is a “starfish” that may be forever grateful for our moment of time…

@Lynn – And it doens’t have to be much either, does it. That’s what is really so great – our small efforts can be huge to someone else…

@Sid – Hey Sid. It is a great story – because the message is so “spot on”. I’m not surprised this is a favorite of yours!

@MizFit – Hey Carla! I would pretty much say you have done an excellent job integrating this into your personal brand. You shine at being there, giving of yourself, and making other’s loads just a little bit lighter! It’s a wonderful gift!

@Jeanne – Hi Jeanne. It is wonderful to have you here today!

@Miguel – Hi Miguel. And the real truth is – to save the world – that isn’t something that’s going to happen overnight in some big massive effort. It’s done through that caring actions of many, making small differences – daily – in the lives of others. And just think if this spread to everyone – each doing just small acts – and making a small positive difference in our world. Imagine how our world would be!

@Zeenat – The ripples!! That is so true – our little efforts – we may never fully realize the effect they have going out into the world. And that’s okay – just knowing that the ripples are there is a feeling of good. And it all reminds me that everything counts (the good and that not so good). And we always have a choice. A very happy Sunday to you, wonderful friend!

@LisaNewton – Hi Lisa! Everyone matters. That’s what I take from your comment today – and that’s such a wonderful thought! And even the smallest of our efforts can be so big to someone else…and that really is wonderful!


Nadia - Happy Lotus April 11, 2010 at 6:37 am

Hi Lance,

I have read this story before and the thing that interests me is how the father tried to discourage the son. Thankfully, the boy in the story saw beyond the limitations of the father but I think the father’s reaction shows what many people in our world feel. Many times people talk of change but not many are willing to be the change.

Every single one of us has the ability to change the world. Whether it is a starfish or simply holding the door for another human being, we have the ability to help spread love. For after all, that is what this whole thing is about.

Hope all is awesome!


Jannie Funster April 11, 2010 at 6:53 am

Lance!! YOU are a star. Do you fish? Fisher of men, I say. You are always scouting the sea of great thoughts to reel in the ones that will inspire and motivate us.

And of course I love Nadia’s reminder that spreading the love is what life’s all about — which is what you and your blog are all about!!

Never saw that color starfish before — beautiful!



Joy Tanksley April 11, 2010 at 6:55 am

Good morning, Lance! First of all, that picture is absolutely stunning. I can’t get over it. I made sure to comment on the photographer’s site.

Second, thanks for sharing that beautiful story. It’s a classic that never gets old. As an 8th grade public school teacher, this story is always a good reminder to me. I’m sure you can imagine the implications…

Third, do you know the story called “The Daffodil Principle” by Jaroldeen Edwards? It is one of those things that gets forwarded around via email (often without the author’s name). I know you would love it. It has a similar theme as the starfish story.

Much love you you!


Yum Yucky April 11, 2010 at 7:04 am

I absolutely LOVE this story, BUT I am enthralled by that picture. I clicked the link, and yes, that is the real color of the starfish. I am overwhelmed by the beauty of God’s artwork.
.-= Yum Yucky´s Last Fabulous Post ..I Have a New Man – And a Cake Eating Announcement =-.


Jenny Mannion April 11, 2010 at 7:27 am

Hi Lance,

BEAUTIFUL story!!! The first thing I was reminded of was when I became a healing practitioner and started my practice. I felt “there are SO many people out there that need help and healing – how can I possibly make a difference”?. 🙂 Well.. this IS the answer and one I came to (thankfully) pretty quickly. EVERYTHING we do can make a difference in other lives… that smile in the grocery store to someone having a bad day, calling someone who has been on your mind, helping a friend who can use an ear. It’s not about us single-handedly saving the world. It’s about how we can help in THIS moment and in the next. I LOVE this LANCE. 🙂 Thank you for this amazing way to start the week.

Love and hugs,
.-= Jenny Mannion´s Last Fabulous Post ..Talking Books TV – An Interview on Healing =-.


Evita April 11, 2010 at 7:52 am

Love, love, love this story!

It has been with me since at some point in my early 20’s and I always used it as an inspiration for my students when I used to teach about environmental topics. They would tell me how one person’s actions can’t possibly make a difference, etc…etc…. And so I would share this story with them and we would talk about various things in how every single one of our actions does make a difference.

So we can make a difference towards the positive, or towards the negative. Either way, every action no matter how small makes a difference.

Thank you for sharing this Lance 🙂
.-= Evita´s Last Fabulous Post ..Essential Energy with Cyndi Dale: The Secret Behind The Secret =-.


Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord April 11, 2010 at 9:52 am

Lance, that put a HUGE smile on my face, as much for the awesome picture as for the moral of the story. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, “small is the new big” !!

Thank you for making my heart happy!
.-= Megan “JoyGirl!” Bord´s Last Fabulous Post ..What If? (Love As The Ultimate Unifier) =-.


Dorlee April 11, 2010 at 10:05 am


This is such a beautiful story illustrating how everyone of us has the power to make a difference, even if it is only in the life of “only” one person.

This is one story that I’m going to print out and save for those times when I need a reminder that I am helping even when there are so many painful, difficult things going on for the clients I see/hear in my role as social worker intern (and later as a social worker) that I am unable to change.

Thank you for sharing this inspiring story,


Diane AZ April 11, 2010 at 10:38 am

Inspiring story! I see how it can relate to environmental issues such as conservation and recycling. Each person can make a difference. Sometimes the only impact of our efforts might be to show that we care about our planet and its inhabitants, but even that does matter.
.-= Diane AZ´s Last Fabulous Post ..Shadows at the Canyon =-.


Dr. J April 11, 2010 at 10:50 am

I’ve liked that story for a long time, and I never get tired of it! Thank you, Lance!!
.-= Dr. J´s Last Fabulous Post ..Lab Notes: Herbal Supplements Not Useful in Combating Anxiety; Poor Quality Produce Found in Low-Income Neighborhoods =-.


Shannon April 11, 2010 at 11:32 am

I love this story. A reminder to keep in mind that even helping 1 matters so much. That 1 means the world to someone and a trickle effect with begin from the love we show to 1.
This is my favorite sunday stop. My husband and I sit at the table and discuss your message every sunday. You are wonderful Lance!


Shannon's Husband Lawrence April 11, 2010 at 11:38 am

(have to leave his comment too)

You need to think about which one you are in life.
Are you the one lying on the beach hoping to be choosen or are you the one making a difference throwing starfish back in?
At some point in life we are on both ends. A lot of the times the way we choose to live can determine which end we are on and what we are capable of. Hopefully we will all choose to help others when we are in the position to.


Joy April 11, 2010 at 11:55 am

I love the photo!!! Love it. Yesterday the children and I looked for starfish on the rocks by our gate and were disappointed we couldn’t find any–here you are with a radiantly beautiful one!
I’m familiar with this story. I have to hope one small something makes a difference because all I have are small somethings, but I generously share it all….
You are awesome–may your week be full of beauty and joy:)


Jody - Fit at 52 April 11, 2010 at 12:42 pm

What a great post & you just made a difference in my day! 🙂
.-= Jody – Fit at 52´s Last Fabulous Post ..Wedding Pictures!!!!!!!!!!! =-.


Armen Shirvanian April 11, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Hi Lance.

This is good stuff here. The people who have the mentality that they can make a small difference are the same ones who end up making a large difference. Big things start small. The person who avoids small, in some attempt to only focus on the big, ends up doing neither.
.-= Armen Shirvanian´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Social Interaction Dance =-.


Erin Prais-Hintz April 11, 2010 at 1:18 pm

I have always loved this story. I love that there is such a love and devotion of the young boy. I love that there is a great answer for the question. I love that there is a sense that you don’t have to do something big to make a difference. This always reminds me of a line from The Collect…by Mary Stewart:
“Grant that we may realize that it is the little things that create differences; that in the big things of life we are one.”

Enjoy the day!


Patricia - Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworker April 11, 2010 at 1:43 pm

I do love that story about the little boy and the starfish. We can all make a difference one life at a time.
.-= Patricia – Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworker´s Last Fabulous Post ..Registered Sex Offender Lists Don’t Mean Our Children Are Safe =-.


Lori April 11, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Hi Lance,


(I think you know what I meant by that.)
.-= Lori´s Last Fabulous Post ..Front Porch: Bhangra, a Dingo, and a Beach – with John Anyasor =-.


Fatibony April 11, 2010 at 4:30 pm

What an awesome illuminating story and how wonderful just to make a difference 🙂
.-= Fatibony´s Last Fabulous Post ..Are Your Personal Beliefs and Values Still Serving You? =-.


Alex Blackwell April 11, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Great reminder that our actions, no matter how small in relationship to a big world, can make a difference to the person who receives it.

Here’s to throwing starfish back into the ocean everyday!



Audra Krell April 11, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Well your picture proves that God is a Denver Broncos fan. What a gorgeous creation, I too, have never seen a starfish like that! I don’t know that I’ve ever heard this story, love the tenacity of children. Oh that our hearts too, would always be like that of a child. Well done again my friend.


suzen April 11, 2010 at 5:27 pm

Hi Lance! That is one of my all time favorite stories! I think it has a message there for parents as well, don’t you? That father wasn’t very open to the possibilities – oh may we all have the hearts of children, so open and uncomplicated!


Tim April 11, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Hi Lance:

Great photo and story…its a great example of how we can make a difference one person, one problem at a time. It’s a great, positive way to start the week! Thanks for sharing and I hope all is going well with you.
.-= Tim´s Last Fabulous Post ..Weekend Musical Diversion: Jimi Hendrix =-.


Jarrod @ Optimistic Journey April 11, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Great quote!!

Indeed we can change the world and it starts with one person at a time. If we all endeavor to make a difference then there is greater change in the world. Thanks for sharing!!


Marelisa April 11, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Hi Lance: Very often people feel overwheled by the pain and misery that there is in the world (almost half of the world’s population lives on less than $2 a day) and they think: there’s nothing I can do. You can’t help 6 billion people, but if you can help just one person, you’ll have made this world a better place. The starfish story is one of my favorites.
.-= Marelisa´s Last Fabulous Post ..Dream Boogie With SARK: From Dreaming to Doing =-.


Farnoosh April 11, 2010 at 8:56 pm

And I must be the only one who hadn’t heard this story and am so happy to have read this. I can see the boy emphasizing “for that one” in his response! Beautiful thought for a beautiful Sunday. Thank you Lance!


Lance April 11, 2010 at 10:16 pm

@Nadia – Hi Nadia. And that’s sad, isn’t it…that the father discourages the boy. It’s one thing to talk the talk and another to walk it. This boy really exemplifies the “walking it” part. And that’s it….it is something we can all do – with whatever “starfish” we have in our life… Thanks so much!

@Jannie – Jannie!! And I say – it takes a star to know a star!! You, my friend, are so sweet!!! Okay, fellow “spreader of love”…have a beautiful evening!!!

@Joy – Hi Joy. I know, that starfish is so colorful!! And what a great message to share with your students…a message that they CAN make a difference (even if it seems so small….). And…I just found and read the Daffodil Principle story – wow!!! What a beautiful story, and one that fits so well today! Thank you so much for sharing this!! Much love to you….

@Yum Yucky – And just like each of us…and the amazing beings that we are! Josie…what a beautiful comment!! Be well, awesome friend!

@Jenny Mannion – Hi Jenny. I am moved very much by your comment. Especially as I think about what you have said – and how we can look out and see all the “x” or “y” or whatever in our world – and think – how can I possibly make a dent in that? And we can….one at a time. You have said this so, so well! And it is touching. Jenny, much love to you, dear friend…

@Evita – Hi Evita! It is such a wonderful story!! And I love that you have shared this with your students when you were teaching – what a message to pass on to them. We all make a difference in this world…in one way or another. How are we going to choose, today? I love how you have approached this, and how it really does touch upon all of the actions we make in our life – and what they can mean. Evita, what a great reminder of all that we do….


Hilary April 12, 2010 at 1:04 am

Hi Lance .. the star fish story is fantastic .. every tiny thing means so much, but may well be essential to life for one person – giving them another start: a time to help others, to open up their hearts, to save others by giving them a life line . a chance to float with life. Thanks so much for reminding us of the value of everything we do – have a great week – Hilary
.-= Hilary´s Last Fabulous Post ..Fancy a Cornish Cream Tea? In Cornwall, in Tokyo or at home? =-.


J.D. Meier April 12, 2010 at 1:08 am

I like it … make a difference, a starfish at a time. It reminds me of “think globally, act locally.”
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Davina April 12, 2010 at 1:11 am

Awh Lance, I love this story, and the photo of the starfish is so striking. It is true, one small gesture can make the world of difference.


Mindful Mimi April 12, 2010 at 1:50 am

Hi Lance,
This does speak to me. I come from a family with contradictory teachings. On the one hand I was always pushed to do things and told I needed to do things on my own. On the other I was also pushed into getting a job early on without asking about what I really wanted to do.
So I followed the mould and have only later in life learned that I to CAN make a difference. And it has opened the world to me. Now I try to do that in baby steps every day.
Thanks for reminding me – for we need reminders.
.-= Mindful Mimi´s Last Fabulous Post ..Sunday laugh =-.


Lance April 12, 2010 at 4:38 am

@Megan – Hey Megan!! I love it – “small is the new big”!!! Our small efforts can be so big and so good…and that’s something so worth remembering… Thanks Megan…you shine!!

@Dorlee – Hi Dorlee. If we look at ALL the problems of the world, or even just ALL the problems one person might be experiencing – it can seem overwhelming. And in that moment, we might think that we can’t possibly make a difference. Yet, we can!! Even it’s just helping one person with one little tiny part of their life…that matters! It’s what I take from this wonderful story…and I sense that very much from you, too. And that is a beautiful take away!

@Diane AZ – Hi Diane. The environment!! Yes, definitely. Our efforts might seem so small in the face of the WHOLE planet…yet, where else can it start, right! And it all matters!!

@Dr. J – Hey Dr. J!! Thanks much, it IS a great story!!

@Shannon – Hi Shannon!! First off…I am so touched by your comment (and that is to both you and Lawrence). Your words are humbling, and really – it is statements like this that help to give such meaning to what I am doing here (thank you – both of you – for being here). I love the idea of the trickle effect…and how our helping just one person can create such good in the world – as that just continues to spread! And that really is where our small efforts, which might seem just like that – small – are really so much more than that! Shannon…thank YOU for being here, for being you, and for the amazing love you shine into the world!

@Lawrence – It’s great to meet you, Lawrence!! This is such a great point – sometimes we are the person n that position to help others – and what will be do? And other times, we are the one needing that help – and what would we want in those moments?? Thinking about it that way – I think that really shines light on what this can mean for us, personally. And when we really do think about that – maybe there’s a shift in how we think about others when we see them in need – even those we don’t know at all. And what a great place to be at – where we can see life this way!! Lawrence, thanks so much for being here and for joining in the conversation!

@Joy – Hi Joy! And how awesome is that…you and your kids looking for real starfish near the real ocean!!! And even if you didn’t find any, I still find this very wonderful that you were out there, and really just experiencing the beauty of nature around us! And to all your very wonderful and loving “small somethings”….Joy…you embody this so beautifully! Keep giving with your heart…the world (and all those you touch) desperately need what you so freely give!

@Jody – Jody!! Thank YOU!!! And so does this…reading your comment is heart-warming!


Barbara Swafford April 12, 2010 at 4:48 am

Hi Lance,

You never cease to amaze me. Each Sunday you share photos, stories, poems or videos that are truly remarkable. Just like the little boy who made the difference in the life of a starfish, you make a difference in my life and I’m guessing in the lives of everyone who reads your blog.

Thank you for always sharing positivity to all.
.-= Barbara Swafford´s Last Fabulous Post ..Can Perceived Blogging Success Be A Turn Off? =-.


Lance April 12, 2010 at 4:59 am

@Armen – Hi Armen! Big things definitely start small!! I love that!! It is in our small steps that we lead to bigger ones – sometimes directly and sometimes indirectly. And it is all soooo good!

@Erin – Hi Erin!! Even the smallest thing, especially when done with love, can make a real and lasting difference. And I love the line from “The Collect” that you have shared – it is so wonderful and so fitting for today!

@Patricia – Spiritual Journey of a Lightworker — Hi Patricia. Yes, we most certainly all can make a difference!!

@Lori – (smiles)!!! Hi Lori!! It is WONDERFUL having you here today!!!!!

@Fatibony – It sure is a wonderful story – and one that shines amazing light out into the world!!

@Alex – Yes!!! Let’s all throw a few starfish back into the ocean today….whatever those “starfish” are in our lives!! It’s a wonderful thought!!

@Audra – Ha!!!!!! Hmmmm…..and you didn’t know that God was a Green Bay Packer fan….just trying to give the Bronco’s a bit of hope for the upcoming year!?!?!?!?!? Hmmm….maybe WE should talk to the Guy upstairs!!!! You know….just to clear this all up!!!!!! And to our hearts being more child-like: what a wonderful thought, especially to what they give so freely without even thinking about it – so wonderful to see!

@Suzen – Hi Suzen! Yes, I think it definitely has a message for parents too…and one that touches upon the idea of what can be if we just open our hearts to love – instead of to time, money, distractions, etc. There is sooo much good we can all do!!


Lance April 12, 2010 at 5:24 am

@Tim – Hi Tim! It’s a wonderful day! (everything is going fantastically!!!) And yes – we can all make a difference…one small problem at a time. It’s such a deeply good thought….

@Jarrod – Hey Jarrod! That is EXACTLY it!!! Our small efforts, multiplied by many…is BIG good being done!! And that is awesome news!!!

@Marelisa – Hi Mare. Right! It is so easy to look at EVERYTHING going on in the world and think that we can’t possibly make a difference…that our helping on person is going to change anything. And truly, that is EXACTLY what will change everything – when we see more deeply into how even our tiniest efforts can be so good! Thanks, Mare, for being here, and for sharing!

@Farnoosh – Hi Farnoosh! Well, then I am super happy to have shared this today – so that you have now heard this story!! It really is such a wonderful one! And just so you know, I see this little boy in you…and how you have a way of reaching out and making a difference (you most certainly have in my life!).

@Hilary – Hi Hilary. You have said it so well – everything we do has value! And what kind of “value” do we want to put out into the world? It ALL matters!!! Thank YOU!!!

@J.D. Meier – That’s a great saying – “think globally, act locally”! And it really shines to what this story touches so well upon – the difference we can all make in the world by the little things we do…right here at home!!

@Davina – Hi Davina! YES!!!! One small gesture…. (wonderful!!!)

@Mimi – Hi Miranda. And you DO make such a difference in the world. Of course the world is a big place, and maybe it just sounds good for me to say that. (I do believe it, though…very much) So, I also just want you to know how much of a beautiful impact you have had on my life. Miranda, our paths crossing have been a complete blessing for me…and you have shined you heart and soul into my life. And I am so much better because of that. So…just know that you have made a difference in my life, and I am deeply grateful for that… Peace always, dear friend…

@Barbara – Hi Barbara. You are so, so sweet…thank YOU!!! And if we go way back to the beginning…you made such a large and wonderful impact in my life – when I was first starting out here. And that was probably a small thing to you….to me, though, it was a huge and beautiful gift in my life! You shine at this, Barbara…and I thank you from the depths of my heart for all that you have given me….


Vanessa April 12, 2010 at 8:37 am

I absolutely love that story, and it is so true; make a difference with what you can, when you can, for whoever/whatever you can………
.-= Vanessa´s Last Fabulous Post ..Taking the power back from our fears. =-.


Rebecca April 12, 2010 at 9:35 am

Absolutely. How very right that young man was. Good lesson here….

Glad to have stopped by. Reminds me how much I’ve missed your blog. Hope you are doing well friend,



Jenn April 12, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Lance, I never stop loving this story! I saw this once before, but I adore it and this story reminds me so much of you!!! You do this and recognize the value in every “one” and that is what makes you so beautiful and wonderful to those who know you. Thank you for caring so much and making such a beautiful ripple effect in our world! Namaste! and Much luv! ~Jenn
.-= Jenn´s Last Fabulous Post ..Do You Follow Your Inner Nudge? =-.


Clara April 12, 2010 at 6:59 pm

I have heard that story before and I love it! I try to think about it whenever I feel overwhelmed with life and my place in it. We may not be able to do a lot, but we can do what’s right in front of us, and it WILL make a difference!
.-= Clara´s Last Fabulous Post ..omg…..I made this!!! =-.


Lance April 12, 2010 at 9:16 pm

@Vanessa – Hi Vanessa!! And it doesn’t have to be much at all…even the smallest thing can make all the difference. And…you DO make all the difference here – your words are always filled with deep care…

@Rebecca – Hi Rebecca! It is great to see you here today!! What a wonderful surprise! Really…I am touched by your comment….thank you so much!

@Jenn – Hi Jenn! You are so, so sweet. Thank you, dear friend, for being here, and for making a wonderful difference in my life. And what you have shared today is touching and so meaningful to me. Peace and love to you….

@Clara – Hi Clara!! Wow, it is SO wonderful seeing you here today, too!! Yes, we all can (and do!) make a difference…what kind of difference will that be?? Thanks so much!!


FatFighterTV April 12, 2010 at 11:28 pm

I love the ocean, starfish, and this story – so awesome! Is that starfish in the picture real???
.-= FatFighterTV´s Last Fabulous Post ..Hit the Deck giveaway =-.


Katherine April 13, 2010 at 2:59 am

I love this story Lance! One person (in this case the youth) can make a difference! If we all kept walking past or closing our eyes to the problems in our society…nothing would ever change.
Their need to be more people on this earth like the little boy saving the star fish on the beach!


Tess The Bold Life April 13, 2010 at 3:14 am

And as we help others we help ourselves…no matter how many times I read this story I never tire of it. I’m going to go find my “one” today.


Lance April 13, 2010 at 4:43 am

@FatFighterTV – Hey Sahar!! Awesome story…it is!! And – yes, as I understand, the starfish IS real! Such amazing colors, huh!

@Katherine – Hi Katherine!! That is just so “it”…what you have said. There are “starfish” all throughout our world. Are we taking the time to help, even if it might feel like we can’t possibly make a difference? Because that IS what it takes – small efforts by many will lead to some really big things! And that’s such GREAT news!

@Tess – Hi Tess!! Ah yes….by helping others we most definitely help ourselves too. One of the beautiful benefits of doing good!! May today be filled with much goodness in your life, Tess…. Peace always….


Cheryl Paris April 13, 2010 at 7:23 am

Hi Lance,

I was busy and missed to read it on Sunday. BTW it’s beautiful and that is why I love what I do for a living.

Bye for now,
.-= Cheryl Paris´s Last Fabulous Post ..Go Ahead! Clarify Your Goals For Greater Success =-.


Catrien Ross April 13, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Lance, thank you so much – I missed this on Sunday. I really enjoyed this story – it vibrates with similar frequencies to the energy I have been tapping here in the mountains in Japan – little wild birds saved, wild animals nursed back to health and released, praying mantis egg cases protected. A few days ago we rescued thirteen toads, several of them mating – they are typically smashed by cars, even on these mountain roads, but now they have a safe haven by the small stream that runs through my very wild garden.

Yes, as other readers point out, one person can really make a difference. Yet it is not only that – it is the one thing we can do, when we can do it. And what are the consequences when we don’t do it?

Like the wise boy in the starfish story you shared, we cannot let outside opinion dissuade or discourage us, no matter how foolish our vision might seem to others.

From the wildly croaking mountains of Japan – Catrien Ross.


Richard | April 17, 2010 at 2:37 am

I’ve read this story before, its raelly truthful. Sometimes we see the size of the human race and think “I can’t make a difference, I’m insignificant in the larger picture”. Who then is significant? We all are collectively.


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