For years you’ve been saying that you wish you could make a difference.
This is the year to get out of neutral and into gear.
Stick with me and discover how to prepare to be the kind of person who can influence and even change the world around them.
Seems like too great of an ambition? Instead of trying to change everything, why not focus on one thing? One single thing at a time?
Consider this anecdote which has been repeated in many variations, and was originally written as The Star Thrower by Loren C. Eiseley. This is my variation and it’s meant for you specifically.
An older woman was walking along a beach, contemplating the meaning of her existence.
“Why, Lord?” she asked. “I feel like I have so much more to offer, but no one seems to want or need me. I am dismissed by everyone around me, yet I feel I still have a purpose. What is the meaning of my existence today?”
She saw a child ahead of her on the beach, among numerous starfish that had been washed up on the sand after a powerful storm. As she watched, he would pick up a single starfish and toss it back into the ocean. Then he would do the same with another. And again he’d return yet another starfish to the sea.
She caught up with him.
“Why are you doing that?” she asked.
“To save them,” he said, if it should be obvious.
She looked around. Hundreds of starfish remained stranded. “But there are so many. You can’t save them all! What’s the point? It won’t make any difference.”
The boy looked at her, wisdom and something like sadness in his eyes.
“That may be true,” he said as he picked up another starfish. “I might not change things for all of them. But you’re wrong about whether I can make a difference at all.” He tossed the starfish into the water. “I made a difference for that one.”
What if in your whole life you only made a significant difference in one life? Would it be enough? What if you could affect three lives? Or five? When is it worth it to make the effort?
What will your legacy include?
You are writing the story of your life. It’s in your hands.