The Starfish August 8, 2020

In this time of unrest and uncertainty, I recall an ancient Hawaiian story about starfish. Indulge me if you have heard it. I think it bears repeating.Once a wiseman or a Kahuna who walked the beaches in the early morning to meditate and commune with great God. Ka-Ne. He was hoping for a message for his people as their troubles. One morning, at sunrise, He saw a figure in the distance, dancing a hula to praise the sun. He thought, this must be another Kahuna. He hurried toward the person, but when he drew close , the person was not an adult, but a child. The beach was covered with thousands of starfish. The child was bending down, picking up a starfish and throwing back into the water. Over and over , the child repeated this task.The Kuhuna watched for a long time and finally exclaimed, ”Why are you throwing the starfish into the waves?” The child paused in the task to reply, ”The starfish have washed up on the beach and will die if they are not returned to the water.” The Kahuna said, ”There are thousands of starfish and only one of you. You can’t possibly makes a difference!” The child smiled and bending down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the waves. Turning to the Kahuna the child said,”I made a difference to that one!”When overwhelmed by problems, we can make a difference, one person at a time.”from a traditional Hawaiian story”********************

They have five pointed armsto navigate waters andsearch for preyBut when washed ashorethey are helplesslike a newbornGive a helping handby picking themUp from the sand, and tossing into the wavesso they may live another day.
copyright August 8, 2020

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