The Starfish Story


One morning, a man went for a walk on the beach.

In the distance, he saw a small boy throwing something into the sea, over and over again.

As the man got nearer the boy, he couldn’t figure out what he was doing.

“Good morning” the man said to the boy. “Morning” the boy replied.

As the boy threw a starfish that he was holding into the sea, the man asked “What are you doing?”

“These starfish are stranded on the sand after the high tide. I am throwing them back into the sea.” The boy


“Why are you doing that? There are thousands of starfish and thousands of beaches; you aren’t going to

make a difference….”

“Hmmnnn..” the boy thought. He picked up another starfish, threw it into the sea and said to the man “We’’,

I made a difference to that one!”

Lost for words, the man walked away. And the boy continued throwing starfish back to the sea…

But as he walked away, the man thought, “Hmmnn..”, maybe this little boy is right…

And the man bent down, and picked up a starfish…

And surprised himself by throwing it back into the sea…

The boy saw this and said “ I thought you disagreed with me?”

“You have a point” the man said, “You were making a difference.”

“Find together” he said, “with a few more, we can all make an even bigger difference.”


After the story telling, a teacher will talk about “be inspired and inspire”.

How does one inspire others? We are inspired and can inspire through our words and actions. In the story of the starfish, it represents some ways to inspire people.

Be a good example. People watch what you do more than they listen to what you say. Be someone worth emulating. Like the boy in the story, he did what he knows is right and good and does not easily give up even if other people does not approved with him.

Care about others. People don’t care about how much you know until they know how much you care. The man saw how the boy really cared for the starfishes well being.

Encouragement. Everyone goes through tough times. When you support people and encourage them through these times, you’ll be inspiring them to see the best in themselves and in the situation. The man was encouraged by the words of the boy.

Be inspired yourself. Look for people, ideas, environments and knowledge that you find inspiring and motivating. Since the man was touched by the boy’s goodness and care to the starfish, he himself was inspired to do the same.


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