Starfish Pins & Lessons Learned about Making a Difference
Starfish Pins symbolize the lessons learned in the Starfish Story which tells about a young boy who tried to make a difference.
Pins by Frank offers starfish pins that inspire us to think about and remember the importance of helping others and helping ourselves.
In the Starfish Story, written by Loren Eiseley, a writer who enjoyed walking on the beach each morning before he began to work spotted a young man who seemed to be dancing as he walked along the beach and was clearly enjoying the morning. Smiling at the thought of someone displaying such joy and not really sure what the boy was doing, the writer walked faster to catch up with him.
As he grew closer, he saw that the young man wasn’t dancing at all, but as he walked along the beach, he was picking up what looked like small stones and tossing them into the ocean. As the man caught up, he called to the boy, “Hello there young man; can I ask you what are you doing?”
The boy looked at him and after pausing momentarily, replied, “Picking up starfish and throwing them back in the ocean.” Not understanding the boy’s answer, the man continued; “But why are you throwing them back?”
As if it was a silly question, the boy answered, “The tide is out, and the sun is hot; they’ll die on the beach if I don’t throw them back in.” The writer spoke again. “Young man, don’t you know how long this beach is? There must be a million starfish here. There’s no way you can save them all, you can’t possibly make a difference!”
Unconcerned at the man’s point, the boy picked up another starfish. As he hurled it back into the sea, he smiled and said, “I made a difference to that one!”
The lesson each of us learns from the starfish story is that we may not be able to save the world, but we can do something! It is very important to do what we can to make a difference.
Wearing starfish pins will provide a lasting reminder of the Starfish Story and how each of us can try to make a difference.