Making a Difference

I would like to share with you all a story I heard for the first time the other day. You may have heard it before, it is called the ‘Sea Star’ story.  As a side note: The story is based on a quote from Loren Eisley and is usually referred to as the star fish story, but as a science teacher for 3-5 year olds, I cannot call it  a star fish, it is a sea star. =)

This guy is walking along a beach and in the distance he saw a young man who was picking something up and throwing it into the ocean.  When he got up to the young man, he saw that the young man was picking up sea stars and throwing them back in the ocean.  The whole beach was lined with thousands of these sea stars so the man asks, what are you doing? The young man responds, every day when the high tide comes in, these sea stars get washed onto the beach.  If they stay, they will dry up and die.  The man says, ‘But there are thousands and thousands of these, miles of these beaches around the world, there is no way you are making a difference.’ The young man reaches down, picks up a sea star and throws it back into the ocean. He turns to the man and says, ‘I just made a difference to that one.’

Every act you do, whether big or small, makes a difference.  Every dollar you donate, every hour you volunteer, every action you take that makes a positive benefit on someone else’s life makes a difference.

So I pose a challenge to you. Everyday, make a difference in someone’s life. It doesn’t have to be huge – it could be anything.  Hold open the door for someone.  Smile at someone. Donate that dollar left in your pocket to a good cause.  Make a difference everyday.

As GoVoluntr gets closer and closer to it’s beta launch, Young and I keep this in our minds and in our culture.  We strive to be a do-gooder every day and we challenge you to do the same.  Because even if there are millions of ‘sea stars’ on this world, if you can save just one, you have made a difference in this world.

Professional Do-Gooder