Introducing myself and my journal: Life And Living It
Life experiences have taught me a deep believe in the phrase; ordinary people change the world in extraordinary ways! Below is a story of unknown origins that I've read in various variations. If I had to describe myself, I would be the young man :) I'm learning not to let life and all its twists and turns daunt me.
While walking along a beach, an elderly gentleman saw someone in the distance leaning down, picking something up and throwing it into the ocean. As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, picking up starfish one by one and tossing each one gently back into the water.
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.”
The old man smiled, and said, “But, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?”
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 elderly observer commented, “Young man, do you not realise that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”
The young man listened politely.
Then he bent down, picked up another starfish, threw it back into the ocean past the breaking waves and said, “It made a difference for that one.”
My Areas of Expertise:
Communication for development, maternal health, incorporating social and cultural values in health interventions