I have always loved starfish. I’m not sure what started my enjoyment of them….I think a lot of it had to do with the summers my family and I would spend in Chincoteague Island. There were a few local shops that we would visit each trip, one in particular named The Brandt. I loved going to that shop because it had all kinds of starfish trinkets that I remember just loving looking at. There’s just something about starfish that are a little magical to me.
As I grew older, I continued my love for starfish, but that was because of a story (found below) that I once read that resonated with me so much. I love it so much that I have a starfish in my office to remind me of the power of ONE.
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?’ asked the somewhat startled wise man.
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.’
I think about this story every single day, and it has a lot to do with what I do for a living.
All too often so many people question what I do. I get it though….there was a time that I thought the concept of being an online wellness consultant was silly and probably made up, but here I am…..four and half years into my career as one, and I can tell you that isn’t the case.
That young man on the beach throwing the starfish back into the ocean…..I see what I do as the same thing.
There are millions of people on the planet who are struggling with their health….and obesity is at an all time high. To many, there is no way I could possibly make a difference. But to me, I KNOW I am making a difference…..one person at a time.
This year I have pledged to help even more people than I have in my entire FOUR+ years as a wellness coach…I’m THAT focused on making a difference, and my team is doing the same…..one person at a time.
If you want to learn more and help us on our journey to make a difference in the health of the country, let me know HERE! I’d love for you to help us so we can get ALLLLLLLLLL of the starfish off the beach and into the ocean. Let’s be starfish throwers together!
Remember, you can ALWAYS make a difference to someone.