The starfish story
A man goes for a walk on the beach in the early morning. He sees a girl walking along the sea front picking up the starsh that have been left stranded by the outgoing tide on the sand. She is throwing them back into the sea. After a while he goes up to her and asks her what she is doing.
She says, “I am throwing the starfish into the sea otherwise they will die.” “But,” he says, “if you lived here you would know that starfish get stranded on the beach day after day. The beach is long, the sun is rising and there are so many starfish – what is the point? What you are doing may be very nice but I am araid to say that it will not really make a difference!”
She looks down at the starsh cradled in her hand and says, “to this one it makes all the difference”.