The Star Thrower by Loren Eiseley

This is one of my favorite stories. This year has been year of star throwing for us and I’ll admit, my arm has gotten tired many times during the year. So, this Christmas break has been a great time to reflect and refocus on our goal as a family and our heart for the children of Tucson. Enjoy your holidays and remember to laugh, love, and believe.

Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work. One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up. As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean. He came closer still and called out “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”

The young man paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”

“I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?” asked the somewhat startled wise man.

To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”

Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, “But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”

At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, “It made a difference for that one.”

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One response to “The Star Thrower by Loren Eiseley

  1. Reblogged this on Me, My Thoughts, My Life. and commented:
    This is the blog of a friend of mine from church. I saw this story, and thought, “I don’t need to read that. I’ve heard it a million times.” But I did need to hear it, and it’s a great reminder. If you’ve heard the story of the Star Thrower already, read it again. If not, read it for the first time.

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