Starfish Story

Posted by Keegan Edwards on

Originally penned by the American Author Loren Eisely, “The Story of the Starfish” is remarkable in it simplistic and powerful perspective on the impact a small act of good may have on someone. Interestingly, the story that has become famous version of the tale is far different from the tale as it was originally told. The article was initially published in 1969 in The Unexpected Universe as a 16 page essay.

We hope you enjoy the adapted version and its message for all.

One day a man was walking on the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and tossing it back into the ocean. Curious, the man approached the boy and asked him what he was doing.

The youth replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.”

The man replied, “Son, don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a difference!”

After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it back into the ocean. Then, smiling at the man, he said…”I made a difference for that one.”

Have a wonderful weekend,