The Starfish Story

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The Starfish Story

Post by Ngawang Drolma » Thu May 27, 2010 5:01 am

This isn't a dharma story, but it's a good one :)

The Starfish Story
Original Story by: Loren Eisley

One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed
a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.
Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you 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.”
“Son,” the man said, “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 surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said…”
I made a difference for that one.”

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Re: The Starfish Story

Post by DNS » Thu May 27, 2010 6:06 am

That is a good story. I always liked that one. ... _%26_video" onclick=";return false;

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Re: The Starfish Story

Post by Tree » Thu May 27, 2010 6:18 am


An Oldie, but a Goodie. :twothumbsup:

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