A Little Difference
A young man was walking along a beach at dawn. Ahead of him he saw an old man picking up starfish & tossing them into the water.
At last the young man caught up with the old man & asked him, “Why are you doing that?”
The old man explained that when the sun came up, the starfish abandoned on the beach would die.
“But the beach goes on for thousands of miles & there are millions of starfish on the beach. How can your efforts make any difference, old man?”
The old man looked at the little starfish in his hand as he tossed it into the waves, he replied: “IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE TO THIS ONE.”