One Day At A Time
Peter Van Houten (peterva@QM.WV.TEK.COM)
Tue, 16 Nov 1993 07:46:07 -0800
One Day At A Time
A co-worker shared this with me today...thought it was very appropriate to
Scouters around the world.
(Wonderful technology -- cut & paste)
A friend of ours was walking down a deserted Mexican beach at sunset. As he
walked along, he began to see another man in the distance. As he grew
nearer, he noticed that the local native kept leaning down, picking something
up and throwing it out into the water. Time and again he kept hurling things
out into the ocean.
As our friend approached even closer, he noticed that the man was picking up
starfish that had been washed up on the beach and, one at a time, he was
throwing them back into the water.
Our frind was puzzled. He approached the man and said, "Good evening,
friend. I was wondering what you are doing."
"I'm throwing these starfish back into the ocean. You see, it's low tide
right now and all of these starfish have been washed up onto the shore. If I
don't throw them back into the sea, they'll die up here from lack of oxygen."
"I understand," my friend replied, "but there must be thousands of starfish
on this beach. You can't possibly get to all of them. There are simply too
many. And don't you realize this is probably happening on hundreds of
beaches all up and down this coast. Can't you see that you can't possibly
make a difference?"
The local native smiled, bent down and picked up yet another starfish, and
as he threw it back into the sea, he replied, "Made a difference to that
Jack Canfield and Mark V. Hansen
taken from "Chicken Soup for the Soul"
There are hundreds of thousand (millions) of boys around the world who can
benefit from the Scouting experience. We can't reach them all, but even
within our own groups we see our task overwhelming, not making any
difference. However, to that one boy in your den, pack, troop or post who
looked to you as a role model, a friend, an inspiration (even if he never
told you) you've made a difference!
You Do Make A Difference -- in making our world a better place to be....One
Boy At A Time!
Peter Van Houten
Snail Mail: 7225 SW 160th
Beaverton, OR 97007
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