It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Chapter 7, Page 15, Book 17

Act as if what you do makes a difference.  It does.

William James

The power of one

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

Leo Buscaglia

We don’t need more money.We don’t greater success or fame.  We don’t need the perfect body of even the perfect mate.  Right now, at this very moment, we have a mind.  This is all the basic equipment we need. 

You can make a difference. And because you can, you must.

I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something I can do.

Edward Everett Hale

Some stories are just too good to keep to myself.  Here’s one that I hope will encourage and inspire you.

There was once a wise man that used to go to the ocean to do his writing.  He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.   He was walking along the shore one day when he saw a human figure moving like a dancer.  He smiled to himself as he didn’t thing anybody would dance on the the beach this time of day.  Hence he began to walk faster and try and catch up with the person.

As he got closer, he saw that the person was a young man and he wasn’t dancing.  Instead he was reaching down to pick up something on the beach and every now and then would throw it into the ocean very gently.

When the wise man got closer he called out, Good Morning.  What are you doing? The young man looked up and replied, Throwing starfish into the ocean.  Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean, the wise man questioned. 

The young man said, the sun is up and the tide is going down, if I don’t throw them in they’ll die. To this the wise man answered, There are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along it.  You cannot possibly make a difference.

The young man listened politely and then bent down and picked up another starfish and through it into the sea, past the braking waves.  He said, It made a difference for that one.

The moral of the story is :  you can make a difference in your world if you take just one step at a time. Over a lifetime you will travel miles and miles

The Power of One

One song can spark a moment
One flower can wake the dream
One tree can start a forest
One bird can herald spring

One smile begins a friendship
One handclasp lifts a soul
One star can guide a ship at sea
One word can frame the goal

One vote can change a nation
One sunbeam lights a room
One candle wipes out darkness
One laugh will conquer gloom

One step must start each journey
One word must start each prayer
One hope will raise our spirits
One touch can show you care

One voice can speak with wisdom
One heart can know what's true
One life can make the difference
You see, it's up to you!!

Author Unknown


betty said...

I did like that story about the starfish. So true with the power of one. We sometimes think alone we can't make a difference but oftentimes we can make a big difference.



LOVE the starfish story. IT's true, "Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."

Chatty Crone said...

I love that story of the starfish - helps when you think about what you do for others!

Mevely317 said...

Love that parable of the starfish!

In particular, I like the concept of our minds being all the basic equipment we need!

jack69 said...

I love the concept and meaning the young man had about 'What I can do' and it will make a difference. Thanks for sharing the story. Yes We can make a difference to someone.

Rick Watson said...

I'd read the starfish story before and I think using it in this context is powerful. Your Message is an important one.