It Makes a Difference

One morning a young man was wandering along the beach when he saw a boy far away picking up something and very gently throwing it into the sea. He quickly paced towards him, surprised to find that the boy was picking up the starfishes which were washed ashore by the tide and throwing them back into the sea.
“Excuse me, why are you throwing the starfishes back into the sea? ” He asked.
The boy replied, “sir, you see the sun will soon rise and the tide will flow away. “
“But don’t you think it is a waste of your time as there are miles and miles of beach and numerous starfishes still lying along it? Surely you can’t keep this act all day long. You can’t possibly  make a difference! “
The child ignored the young man’s remark. Then he picked another starfish and threw it into the sea, and said, “It makes a difference for that one. Would you like to join me? It would make a difference.
There is something very special in each and every one of us. We have all been given the ability to make a difference to shape the future. We must each find our own starfish. And if we throw our starfish wisely and well, the world will be better.

一个早晨,一个年轻人在海滩上闲逛,他看见遥远的地方有一个小孩在捡着什么东西,然后温柔地丢在海里。他快速的走到小孩子那里,发现他正在把被潮汐冲到沙滩上的海星重新丢回海里。
“打扰一下,你为什么要把海星丢回到海里呢?”他问道。
小孩回答道:“先生,你看太阳马上就升起来了,而且潮汐马上就退去了。”
“但是你没感觉你是在浪费时间吗?在这数英里的海滩上有很多很多的海星,你肯定没有办法把所有海星都丢回海里的(你肯定不能这样做一整天吧),你并不能改变这个现状。”
小孩忽视了年轻人的评论。不一会他又捡起了另一个海星,丢回到了海里,他说对于这个海星被改变了(说:“对这只海星就起了作用)。他问年轻人是否想加入,我们会改变这些命运的(这很有意义)。
在我们中间肯定有一结特别的东西(我们每一个人身上都有某种特别的东西),我们都被给予了可以改变未来的能力。我们必须找到属于自己的海星,如果我们可以聪明的利用这些,我们就会使世界变的更好。