One day after a storm, a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a girl picking up and gently throwing things into the ocean.
Approaching the girl he asked, “ young girl, what are you doing?”
The girl replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they will die.”
The man laughed and said, “don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make any difference!”
After listening politely, the girl bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the ocean. Then, smiling at the man she said,
“ I made a difference to that one.”