Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work. One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.
As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean. He came closer still and called out “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”
The young man paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”
“I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?” To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”
Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, “But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”
At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, “It made a difference for that one.”
– The Star Thrower, by Loren Eiseley
When I was in 7th grade or so, a storyteller event took place in our school. A girl went on stage, and told us all a story, that for some reason, I still remember. Today I took the time to find it again, along with the authors name, which I ignored all this time.
I brought it back because of the feeling of helplessness I’ve been dealing with lately. I know will go insane if I keep focusing on how hard is it to fix it all when you’re just a human.
My patients in the mental unit, they’re actually awesome. I’m having a good time right now. I still think most cases are tragedies followed by more tragedies, but for some reason, I have a feeling that everything can be fixed. It can get better. Maybe only 0.001% of the people I ever come accross will get some kind of benefit from me, but for that one person, it might mean the world and it’s all what matters to keep going.
Don’t you love things that inspire you?
Either is the story of the haircut I did myself!!! Pictures coming soon.
Have fun people.