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The Starfish Story …I have to Read This Story Every so Often

starfish loveI have heard The Starfish Story before but every time I hear it I feel like it is the first time.

So many people think that it is a waste of time to try to help people. There are so many in trouble, what difference does it make in the grand scheme of things to help one?

It makes a difference to that person. In addition, there is always a domino effect of energy that occurs when you do a random act of kindness.

When love and compassion are given with good intention and received with thankfulness, it is a very powerful healing energy that is manifested.

I love the Starfish Story so much, I wish I had written it. So all I can do is repost it. Please enjoy the beautiful story and read it often. I am going to put a copy on my bedroom wall. 🙂

The Starfish Story
It was still early.
The mist had not yet cleared from the sea.
In the distance, a solitary figure stood throwing objects out over the water.
Walking along the debris-strewn beach, I looked at the masses of starfish scattered everywhere.
The tide had thrown them in, stranding them on the beach.
As the sun rose higher,
they would perish.
Approaching the stranger, I could see that it was the starfish he was picking up and returning to the sea.
Our eyes met.
“Do you really think you can help?
There are millions of starfish on this beach.
You can help so few
Does it really make a difference?
Does it matter?”
He reached down and picked up another starfish, looking at it intently.
“Oh yes,” he replied.
“It matters to this one!”

I love this ending “It matters to this one ! ” Of course it really does matter. One of our purposes in being on the earth is to reduce the suffering of other living beings. I Buddhism this concept of suffering / troubles is termed Dukkha .

One of our purposes in life is to reduce this dukkha for other living things. Anytime we help another person to have less suffering we are fulfilling this purpose of living.

Anytime we save or reduce the suffering of an animal, we also are fulfilling this purpose . These are beautiful, meaningful things . Every single little starfish matters. I love the Starfish Story !I saved my bunny from suffering and I have been rewarded many times over for taking him in and loving him.

The Starfish Story was written by  Loren Eisley

“The Star Thrower” (or “starfish story”) is part of a 16-page essay of the same name by Loren Eiseley (1907–1977), published in 1969 in The Unexpected Universe. The Star Thrower is also the title of a 1978 anthology of Eiseley’s works (including the essay), which he completed shortly before his death.

Wikipedia

I have heard The Starfish Story before but every time I hear it I feel like it is the first time.

So many people think that it is a waste of time to try to help people. There are so many in trouble, what difference does it make in the grand scheme of things to help one?

Even blogging can serve this purpose of saving the starfish. Sometimes blog posts reach just the right person at just the right time. They are inspired, healed, validated or they otherwise benefit from the words of the writer. When the writer takes the time to respond to the comments of this person, they are in fact helping to reduce the suffering of that one special living being.

I love the Starfish Story so much, I wish I had written it. So all I can do is repost it. Please enjoy the beautiful story and read it often. I am going to put a copy on my bedroom wall. 🙂

A few links if you want to read more about this topic

 Info here about the Starfish Foundation

Originally called –  The Star Thrower. It was written by Loren Eiseley

Here is a link to a page of quotes by Loren Eisley on goodreads.