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Welcome to Starfish - 
Your Source for Inspirational Stories
Published by Bob Johnston     -     Edited by Kathleene S. Baker

What is "Starfish"?

Starfish is a message which is sent to subscribers three times each week.  The messages are usually selected from contributions by subscribers, but a few are stories of my own.  Messages are inspirational, uplifting, motivational, or enlightening.  Some will make you laugh, some will make you cry, and others will provoke thought.

I hope they bring about more acts of kindness. If you have stories you'd like considered for publication, please send them to me by e-mail.  Just click here: 
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How Did Starfish Get Its Name?

The story is told of a young boy who was walking along a beach on the morning following a storm.   Here is the story:

While walking the beach, a man saw someone in the distance leaning down, picking something up and throwing it into the sea.

As he came closer, he saw thousands of starfish the tide had thrown onto the beach.  Unable to return to the ocean during low tide, the starfish were dying.  He observed a young boy picking up the starfish one by one and throwing them back into the ocean.

After watching the seemingly futile effort, the observer said, "There must be thousands of starfish on this beach.  It would be impossible for you to save all of them. There are simply too many. You can't possibly make a difference."

The young boy smiled as he picked up another starfish and tossed it back into the ocean.  "It made a difference to that one," he replied.

He was making a huge difference to a few starfish.

All of us can make a difference to someone by performing small acts of kindness. Often, we never know what an impact we make with just a smile, a touch, or a kind word. That's why I refer to those who make a difference as "Ripplemakers".

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