A difference to the One Starfish! Are you the One?

David Nair
4 min readNov 24, 2022

There was a man who lived by the beach, whilst he is in India he lived by Thiruvanmiyur beach, whilst he is in Malaysia he lived by Port Dickson and whilst he is in Australia, he lived by the Gold Coast. The man would generally take his morning walk by the beach, before Breakfast.

One day, as usual, this man got down to the beach, to proceed with his morning walk. No sooner did he hit the beach than he was startled to see the beach was carpeted with Starfish, washed up from the previous night’s high tide. As he started his morning walk, the man stepped toed past the starfish.

Each time he did take a step forward, the man would bend down pick up a starfish look at it and hurl the starfish back into the sea. He continued doing this for some time.

Sitting on a little knoll was a small nine-year-old boy. He was perplexed at what the man was doing, from the distance, all that the boy could see was, the man bending down and stretching as he rises up. He could not see anything else. In the past, the same boy was usually sitting in the same place, but never saw the man bend and as he rose up stretched his hand. The boy was intrigued so he came down from the knoll, and ran towards the beach. As he got to the beach the little boy was dumbfounded, to see thousands of starfish carpeting the beach. He now realized what the man was doing….

The little boy cried out to the man, “stupid man why are you doing that, wasting your time, why don’t you do your morning walk and go home for your breakfast, as it is not going to make a difference to the one starfish that you are throwing back into the sea”. The man ignored the cries of the boy….

The man continued to take a few steps bend down pick a starfish and hurled it to the sea… He did this a number of times. After each hurl of the man, the boy would cry out “stupid man why are you doing that, wasting your time, why don’t you do your morning walk and go home for your breakfast, as it is not going to make a difference to the one starfish that you are throwing back into the sea”.

The boy got furious now and ran in front of the man and shouted to the man as he was hurling another starfish, “stupid man why are you doing that, wasting your time, why don’t you do your morning walk and go home for your breakfast, as it is not going to make a difference to the one starfish that you are throwing back into the sea”. The man ignored the boy and proceeded with what he was doing.

The furious, angered boy approached the man held him in his hands and shouted the same cry again, “stupid man why are you doing that, wasting your time, why don’t you do your morning walk and go home for your breakfast, as it is not going to make a difference to the one starfish that you are throwing back into the sea”. This time the man slowly palmed the boy aside and picked up a starfish, holding it in his hands and staring at the boy, retorted back saying, IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO THIS ONE STARFISH…..

Ladies and Gentleman my question to you is,

Are you that one starfish? if so, rise up, stand out of the crowd and make your mark.

Why?

Because you have it in YOU to do, whatever it takes, just need to start that engine…Go out and make that difference first to yourself, then to your near and dear friends and finally to the community at large…..

HAVE A WONDERFUL, FRUITFUL LIFE… Love David

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David Nair

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