A young girl was walking along a beach upon which thousands of starfish had been washed up during a terrible storm. When she came to each starfish, she would pick it up, and throw it back into the ocean. People watched her with amusement. She had been doing this for some time when a man approached her and said, “Little girl, why are you doing this? Look at this beach! You can’t save all these starfish. You can’t begin to make a difference!” The girl seemed crushed, suddenly deflated. But after a few moments, she bent down, picked up another starfish, and hurled it as far as she could into the ocean. Then she looked up at the man and replied, “Well, I made a difference to that one!” The old man looked at the girl inquisitively and thought about what she had done and said. Inspired, he joined the little girl in throwing starfish back into the sea. Soon others joined, and all the starfish were saved. – adapted from the Star Thrower by Loren C. Eiseley
I know this blog initially was going to be about fashion and personal style, but I’ve been thinking a lot about just posting some of the things that drive me outside of material goods. Fashion can make us feel good, but it only stays on the superficial level without a strong inner spirit and confidence for who we are! I received this cute little story this morning in one of my regular newsletters from Peaceful Daily. How awesome, considering the timing — I’ve been thinking a lot lately about wanting to make a difference…it seems the older I get and the more secure I become in myself (either that or the more I see time ticking away and fear falling into that mindless rat race spiral that only leads you to that inevitable panic point of wondering wtf you’ve even done with your life), the more I find out what makes *me* feel empowered, the more I want to inspire others. It’s easy to get out there, look around and what you wish could be changed, and feel so overwhelmed and give up, thinking there’s no way you alone could possibly put even a dent into the necessary work you see ahead of yourself. In this little snippet about the starfish, I initially got the message about even helping a few is better than none…but then the part of the little girl inspiring others through her dedication, love and exuberance about what she was doing inspired others warmed my heart. It also reminded me of another quote I saw today, from a 99u article about becoming a better writer (but this applies to everything!):
“[The] Resistance knows that the longer we noodle around “getting ready,” the more time and opportunity we’ll have to sabotage ourselves. Resistance loves it when we hesitate, when we over-prepare. The answer: plunge in.” -Steven Pressfield
The full message? If something means enough to you, get out there and start! Stop thinking about it, thinking you need to be “ready.” You learn more by doing, not by thinking and planning ahead. I’ve known too many people who waited until they were “ready” to do what they knew what was right to do (what is “ready,” anyway?) and ending up wondering where the time went before they even realize how much time has passed. You never know who your dedication and drive might inspire, who’s live you might change, and who you may end up joining forces with in the fight to a greater good. I think we also fear who might laugh at us, who might think our efforts are futile, but who cares? Think of your efforts as a filter to bring to light who really is worth being in your life, and to attract new people to keep you inspired — you only get what you give.
I love making a difference through inspiring others!