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The Star Thrower
(adapted from the writings of Loren Eiseley)

One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the sea.

Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?”

The boy replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The tide is going out & they are stranded. If I don’t throw them back, they will die”.

“Son”, the man said, “don’t you realise there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? Why bother? The few you manage to save out of so many cannot possibly make a difference!” After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish,and threw it purposefully back into the sea. Then, smiling at the man, he said “It will make a difference to that one”.


Author: thehappystarfish - living mindfully

Louise Jensen is an award winning Naturopathic Kinesiologist, Mindfulness Meditation Coach and Nutritional Therapist, and is certified in many other therapies, including the Mind Detox Method (as featured on Discovery Health) where she graduated from the Mind Detox Academy in record time. Louise has overcome living with a disability and has 13 years experience helping others to heal, and shares her experiences through freelance writing. In 2012, Louise co-created The Happy Starfish, dedicated to celebrating health, happiness and peaceful living. Louise offers Mindfulness Coaching via workshops and Skype and specialises in anxiety, depression and chronic pain.

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