Is today the day you save someone?

A woman was walking along a deserted beach at sunset. She was thinking to herself how beautiful and peaceful it was listening to the sound of the waves and watching the sky change colour.

She looked up ahead of her and saw another figure in the distance bending down and picking something up, throwing it into the water, and then repeating the actions.

The woman approached the other figure and saw that it was an old lady. And as she looked around she noticed that on the beach were hundreds and hundreds of starfish which had been stranded by the receding tide. The old woman was picking up the star fish one by one and throwing them back into the water. The younger woman went up to her and asked her what she was doing.

The old woman replied “These starfish have been stranded and are dying. They need to be in the water to survive.”

The younger woman looked around her at the hundreds of stranded starfish – far too many for one old lady to rescue.
She said to the old woman “But why? There are so many of them, you can’t possibly save them all! And there must be other places in the world where this happens and there’s no one to help there. Why do something when you can’t possibly make a difference to them?”

The old woman looked at the younger woman for a moment. Then she bent down picked up another starfish and hurled it into the waves. As she looked up she said in reply “I know I can’t save them all. But I made a difference to that one didn’t I?”


It's common for people to thing that their actions are just a 'drop in the ocean' so not worth doing

But every interaction we have with another person makes a difference in some way, sometimes small, sometimes life saving. Just saying, “Hello” to someone will make a difference to them.

In these times where there are mass slaughters like the recent tragedy in Florida, terrorism and atrocities world wide, and now nerve agents being used on my doorstep here in Salisbury, it can be tempting to believe we cannot make a difference.  

YOU CAN. Each little action taken creates a ripple.  Every smile, every hug, every kindness.   It will make a difference.

Last week I spoke about the C word - choice. Do you walk past all of those starfish thinking it is futile - or could you choose to pick one up and throw it back in? 

What can you do today to make a difference to someone? 

And that person may even be yourself!!

Please know that if you are feeling like those starfish, I'd love to help you get back in the water.

Published by Caroline Cavanagh, Clinical Hypnotherapist and author of Anxiety Alchemy. on |

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