I drew this “Starfish” cartoon earlier today.
I’ve always loved The Starfish Story, first told by Loren Eisley:
One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.
Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?”
The youth replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.”
“Son,” the man said, “don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a difference!”
After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said, “I bet I made a difference for that one.”
Drawing cartoons. Those are my starfish.
Whatever it is you choose to do- be it art or working for a large corporation, find out what your own starfish are.
Then keep throwing them back into the water. Every day. Do that, and you will be be happy.
Damn, that felt good to read.
Ditto – great start to the morning.
I have never heard it put this way, but the statement is both powerful as it is unique to me.
It’s the same thing you could tell anyone about voting, following their dreams, or making a difference in someone’s life. It may not seem like much, but with each “throw” you’re doing something great.
Thank you for sharing Hugh.
Living the fable.
This reminded me of the one time i have ever seen starfish on a beach… 🙂 and of course it reminded me of my wonderful team at work who i love being agony work aunt to!
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