In the series of motivational and inspirational short Stories, let me present you the Motivational and Inspirational Short Story # 4- The Starfish Story . It’s not a mare story about starfish and the little girl, it is story of hope, story of perseverance and above all story of being the change. The story of confidence about taking an initiative to bring the change.
You may have heard this story earlier, but reading the short stories for reminding the message learnt by them is always good. I personally find it inspiring and offering something new every time I read it again.
Motivational and Inspirational Short Story # 4
Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the seaside every morning to do his writing. He had a habit of walking along the beautiful beach before starting his work. One early morning, he was walking along the shore. He came along a stretch on which thousands of starfish had washed up. He found beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions.
Off in the distance, the old man noticed a little girl approaching. As the girl walked, she paused every so often. As she came closer, the old man could see that she was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea.
The little girl came a bit closer and the old man called out, “Good morning little princess!!! May I ask what it is that you are doing?” The pretty little girl paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return back to the sea by themselves. When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.”
The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.”
The girl bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as she could into the ocean. Then she turned towards old man, gave a sweet smile and said, “I made a difference to that one!”
Also Read: Motivational and inspirational short stories about life – Nail on the fence (Story # 2)
Lessons from the Starfish Story
All of us get the several opportunities to create positive change, but more often we delay our actions waiting for anyone else to initiate. We start procrastinating to the bigger challenges by rationalizing “How much of a difference can I really make?” You might not be able to change the whole world, but at least you can change a small part of it. Be the change for someone and bring the change.
The little girl teaches us another very important lesson that we should never leave the hope, no matter how difficult the challenges or situations are. She lives with hope in something unknowable. She believes in trying and making an effort to make a difference. Her life is is more meaningful because she lives with hope and inspires others with her actions.
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