Sunday, 17 August 2014


2014-33  The Star Thrower - One step towards changing the world
Peter Straube writes in his blog --  "You may have heard this one, but I find that it doesn’t hurt to be reminded of it every once in a while.  First let me tell you the story, and then we can talk about it."
An elderely man was walking on a deserted beach at dawn.  He saw a youth throwing starfish, abandoned on the sand by the tide, back into the sea. 

He asked the youth why was he doing it.  The youth replied that the sun was coming up and the tide was going out.  If the starfish were not thrown back, they would die.

"But, the beach goes on for miles and there are millions of starfish" said the elderly man, "How can your efforts ever make any difference?"

The young person listened politely, knelt down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea, and said...
"It makes a difference to this one." 


One of the most common reasons we procrastinate is because we see the challenge before us as overwhelming. A good way to counter that is to break the big challenge down to smaller bits and then take them one at a time–like one star at a time.  And to that one star, it can make a world of difference."


You should not miss this wonderful 5-minute video on the Star Thrower Story 
and its lessons on your Star and Vision with Action!

The star thrower story is widely known and is narrated in diverse forms in different countries.  It is repeatedly used in motivational seminars and workshops and on the Internet, often without reference to Eiseley.  What we read here was just one such adaptation.  We shall see the oringal "Star Thrower"  and its uncommon author Loren Eiseley  in the next posting.


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