A wise man was taking a sunrise walk along the
beach. In the distance, he caught sight of a young
man who seemed to be dancing along the waves.
As he got closer, he saw that the young man was
picking up starfish from the sand and tossing
them gently back into the ocean.
"What are you doing?" the wise man asked.
"The sun is coming up, and the tide is going
out; if I don't throw them in, they'll die."
"But young man, there are miles and miles of
beach with starfish all along it - you can't possibly
make a difference."
The young man bent down, picked up another
starfish, and threw it lovingly back into the ocean,
past the breaking waves. "It made a difference for
that one," he replied.