Have you ever wondered whether your life matters to anyone? Whether what you do makes a difference? Perhaps you feel that your work or your volunteer activities aren't a big deal and really don't matter. If so, let me remind you of the starfish story. Or perhaps you've never heard it.
A young man walked along the beach by the ocean and
noticed thousands of starfish washed ashore. Then he observed an old
man walking slowly and stooping frequently to pick up one starfish after
another and toss them gently into the ocean. "Why are you throwing them
into the ocean?" the young man asked. "Because the tide is going out,
and they will die if I don't throw them further out into the water," the
old man replied. "But don't you realize there are thousands of starfish
and you can't save them all? Even if you work all day, your efforts
won't make a difference at all," the young man said. The old man
listened calmly, bent down to pick up another starfish and threw it out
into the sea. "It made a difference to that one," he said.
Yes, what you do does matter
to someone. Or perhaps to several someones. You don't have to worry
about saving the entire planet. Bless the life or lives you touch today.
That's enough. And it does matter! You matter. It's all in your perspective.