"The Star Thrower" The Powerful Influence of Good Deeds


This is a different type of post for this blog, but given the current state of our world I felt it was appropriate.




It’s easy to feel the small actions we take to help our community are insignificant when the world is facing such enormous obstacles. What does it matter if I practice social distancing, check in on my neighbor, or grab take-out from a mom and pop diner?

In 1969 author, Loren Eiseley attempted to answer these questions in a story entitled “The Star Thrower.”


One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy hurriedly picking up and gently throwing things into the ocean.

Approaching the boy, he asked, “Young man, what are you doing?”

The boy 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.”

The man laughed to himself and said, “Don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make any difference!”

After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said …

“I made a difference to that one.”


Stay strong and continue doing the right things!