compassion, inspirational, kindness, life, mental health, mental illness, relationships, religion

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.

life, mental health

Insomniac Good night Blog 3:55 am :)

Time to say good night…..

The sleep will come soon. Let us hope we all sleep peacefully. We all need to rest. We work too hard.

I live in the north eastern part of the US. It gets very cold here in the winter. I can’t tolerate too many cold winters. I would like to dream of warm places tonight.

I wonder what the weather is like this time of year where you live. I hope it is comfortable for you. At least I work indoors. There are people that have to outside in this temperature for much more time than I do.

There are homeless people sleeping outside in this temperature. I will tell you one day how they survive (barely) the winters here. I have lots of stories to tell about how the homeless people live. I spent lots of time with them at one point in my life. I did not sleep outside with them but I saw there sleeping places and I sat with them on the ground to talk.

Annie has had lots of lives. Kind of like a cat. All kinds of weird experiences that most people do not know about. Stories for another day……Now it is time to sleep. I will offer a prayer for the homeless tonight , as I do every year when the weather begins to turn cold.

The first very cold night of the year, I always take some time to think of them. It is my way of respect for the fact that they are human beings, spending the entire day in the cold. Well, not the entire day, but I will tell you another day.

So, I am warm in my attack apartment. The heat rises up to here , which is nice. It was a nice time shopping with my daughter tonight.

Let’s try to think of happy things. I will leave the difficulties for tomorrow.

Peace to all of you,

Cuddle under your blankets or better yet next to a friendly warm person. 🙂

Namaste,

Annie

life, mental health, mental illness, poetry, romance

You Go Girl ! Old Lady Bess

There was an old lady

Who loved to give hugs

She gave them to strangers

She gave them to bugs

Her heart was so kind

People thought she was blind

When she hugged the old man

Who had no home inside

But old lady Bess

Was not blind

She knew what it meant to be kind

The man that she hugged

Felt so filled with her love

He suddenly regained his mind

He took Lady Bess

Arm in arm

It turned out

He had lots of charm

They walked down the road

To his mansion of gold

That he hadn’t  seen in many years

He left there is 1982

When he lost his sweet wife

Lilly boo

It wasn’t the same

And his heart filled with pain

When his wife died and he was alone

But now thoughts of Bess filled his head

She was a fine lady to wed

He unlocked the door

And kissed her once more

And tonight he will sleep in the bed

alcoholism, community, health, homeless, homelessness, mental disorders, mental health, mental illness, social work, volunteering

Top 10 Reasons That Homeless People Cannot Get a Job and Get Back Inside / Please Donate Coats and Blankets

The local soup kitchens will be accepting donations of coats, hats, gloves and blankets.

If you go there you can bring them to the office. They are also looking for volunteers to serve food if you have time.

I have done a lot of volunteer work with the homeless people in my area. I know them personally. It is very very cold to sleep outside. It is a terrible thing.

It seems like they are an alien race compared to everyone else. They know they are perceived that way.

They all have families. Most of them had jobs and apartments. The economy is bad and some of them just could not pay the rent.

Once you are living outside it is very hard to get back inside again.

1. There is no shower to get cleaned up for a job interview.

2. There is no address you can put on a job application.

3. There is no phone number the job can reach you at.

4. There is no current job they can call for a reference. Even people who are living inside have trouble getting hired if they are not currently working.

5. There is no place to wash clothes and no way to purchase job interview clothes.

6. There is usually no one they can put for a personal reference. Most people stop talking to a family member of friend once they become homeless.

7. There is no alarm clock to wake you up for an interview.

8. Many of them have some mental illness which is a disability that keeps them from being able to keep a job. yes, the social services should help get them of the street but it is complicated. That is for another blog.

9. They are depressed and have very low self-esteem about getting a job.

10. They have become part of a subculture that is rejected by society. Most places would not even let them in the door, never mind hire them.

11. Most of the homeless people have lost all of their documents, like drivers license, birth certificate and ss card. It is nearly impossible to keep these things outside. They get stolen by other homeless people or they get wet from the weather.

It is easy to judge and say these people should just get a job and get off the street but once you are out there , it is like a life sentence of misery and fear.

These are things that I know from talking to the people, getting to know them and observing how they live. I have personally visited people at the soup kitchen and at their camps in the woods and in abandoned buildings.

I could tell some stories but that is for another day.

Please check through your storage and closets and see what you don’t need. Your coats and blankets could save someone from freezing to death or getting very ill.

Usually the soup kitchen are at a church. If you are not sure, you may or may not find out online. If you call around to the local churches, it is likely that someone will know which church or churches have lunch at the church for the homeless.

You can also take them to the homeless shelter. Most shelters only allow 15 – 30 days for them to stay. It is a short reprieve from living outside. The shelters do not keep them permanently. They rotate people through there. A lot of people do not know that.

Thank you so much.

Namaste,
Annie