At times in this world it can often seem like we are the ONLY ONE making a conscious choice; or at least, wondering if there are enough of us pulling together to really make a difference. We might wonder what the point of doing anything consciously is, if the rest of the world seems intent on living in a blissful ignorance. I know, EVERY conscious choice; every act of benevolence, does make a difference! It's all about the energy, not the perceived outcome. It's about the moment and what we feel inspired to do. Our choices really do send out a beacon. They are felt through the waves of unity consciousness, touching others in untold ways.
I found this little story, a variation of the 'Original Star Fish Story' by Loren Eisley. It speaks of the absolute joy of making a difference, no matter how insignificant it might seem to another. I hope it warms your heart the way it did mine...
One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a little girl picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.
Approaching the little girl, he asked, “What are you doing?”
She replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.”
“Little girl,” the man said, “Don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a difference!”
After listening politely, the girl bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf.
Then, smiling at the man, she said, “I made a difference for that one.”
The Starfish Story
A variation of the original story
So, don't ever doubt, that one act of loving kindness can't make a difference.