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November 5, 2011 / windlessly

Tossing Back a Starfish

It’s so often that we look out into the world and feel dwarfed by the magnitude of the life and the seemingly insignificance of all our actions. I love this story because it reminds us not to lose faith in the small actions that we all go about every single day. We must never underestimate what a simple “thank you” or gesture can make in someone else’s day. Did you hold the door open for a random stranger? Smile at someone who looked depressed or needed cheering up? Spent five minutes helping a friend with homework? Complimented someone for something you noticed about them that day? Or my favorite, offered someone a piece of gum? Yes, I was on the receiving end of that piece of gum the other day and I was just kind of taken by surprise. Usually it’s always “that was my last piece!” or “I got this from someone else,” but this person out of nowhere turned around, smiled, and offered me a piece of gum.

Usually it’s the small things like that that really makes a person stand out to me. It doesn’t even matter if they’re conscious of doing it, they’re making a difference with their attitude and actions. They may think it’s insignificant, but it may mean the world to someone else. I actually want to go to a beach some time and spend some time picking up starfish and throwing them back, to know what it really feels like. I can only imagine the starfish would be pretty happy and look something like this:

Also check out this link, it’s fun alteration of the same story and well-drawn. The last two boxes are awesome.

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