When catastrophe strikes and natural disasters occur like the ones recently in India, can you imagine just how many ordinary beings jump in to help in every conceivable way? Not all of us can do it, but we should salute and admire the ones who do.
Likewise, many of us are capable of doing many things to cause positive changes in the world around us and the life that surrounds us. Yet, one thing that dissuades many is the thought that how can just one person make a difference. Every small bit helps.
Look around you, can you see piles and piles of plastic bags, empty tetra packs, candy wrappers, etc. strewn all over almost every town and city in India? Each person probably thought just one more will not make a difference. But it did - the evidence is all around you.
If we can individually and collectively make a garbage dump out of our beloved nation, we are equally capable of making a difference if we all set our mind to it. Each of us have a special gift which we can share and inspire others with. Read this story....
Once upon a time there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his journal writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.
One day he was walking along the shore. As he looked down the beach, he saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself to think of someone who would dance to the day. So he began to walk faster to catch up.
As he got closer, he saw that it was a young man and the young man wasn't dancing, but instead he was reaching down to the shore, picking up something and very gently throwing it into the ocean.
As he got closer he called out, "Good morning! What are you doing?"
The young man paused, looked up and replied, "Throwing starfish in the ocean."
"I guess I should have asked, why are you throwing starfish in the ocean?"
"The sun is up, and the tide is going out. And if I don't throw them in they'll die."
"But, young man, don't you realize that there are miles and miles of beach, and starfish all along it. You can't possibly make a difference!"
The young man listened politely. Then bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea, past the breaking waves and said, "It made a difference for that one."
There is something very special in each and every one of us. We have all been gifted with the ability to make a difference. And if we can become aware of that gift, we gain through the strength of our visions the power to shape the future. We must each find our starfish. And if we throw our stars wisely and well, the world will be blessed.