Operation Skinny Jeans: Starfish

Friday, February 21, 2014

Starfish

My aunt sent me a card with this story on the front. It was in a completely different context, but it touched me.

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 boy 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."


Her family had a girl from Ukraine as an exchange student, and that was the meaning for her behind this story, but it touched me in a completely different way. One she probably has no idea of. I am that boy. 

I have this crazy notion that I can change the world. I have always been a dreamer and I have always felt like I had this higher purpose. I mean I don't think I am the next Steve Jobs or anything, but I have this passion and calling to help people. I feel incredibly blessed that my little slice of the internet is helping me achieve that goal, and that means the most to me, more than followers or page views or "likes". I could care less about the actual number for "status" reasons. But that number represents the number of people I have touched, the number of starfish I have thrown back into the ocean. And I am incredibly thankful for every single one of you giving me that opportunity. 

I don't want to be internet famous. I don't live for notoriety or fame, I live for the message that says "because of you, I am changing my life."

I don't mind going one starfish at a time, and I don't mind walking those miles and miles of beach, because I know every life I touch is worth it. 

And I am weeping. 

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15 comments :

  1. I loved this. It touch me for the EXACT same reasons! Just awesome!

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  2. My high school principal had The Starfish hanging in her office and I've never, ever forgotten it... love! <3

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  3. Such a great story. I've always loved it.

    Love you PASSION for people. You rock. :)

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  4. It really is such a great story! I am so happy I found your blog. You have helped me a lot and inspired me to start on this healthy journey. I'm so excited for what's to come from all this! Thank you!

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  5. Aww sweetie! You are such a great person. I am a dreamer too...being normal just isn't good enough for me.

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  6. Oh that's my favorite! All it takes is for person that thinks they can't do it, to read your story and that little glimmer of hope rushes to their brain realizing she did it why can't I? That's why we share our setbacks, accomplishments, etc. Keep up the great work girl.

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  8. I love that. I've never heard that story before but I love it. and I get it :-)

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  9. You've already done so much for me. I'm so glad the blogging world brought us together

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  10. I love this story!! And you are making a difference!!

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  11. I have always loved this story! And I love this post, and your blog! Thanks for being an inspiration! xo, Jen

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  12. I have always loved this story! And I love this post, and your blog! Thanks for being an inspiration! xo, Jen

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  13. You def have already made a difference for me - and we haven't even started the good stuff yet!!

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  14. I love this. Your passion for what you do is why I keep coming back for more! Love this story and your blog!

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  15. I love this. Your passion for what you do is why I keep coming back for more! Love this story and your blog!

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