I like the following two quotes. I have known the one from Mark Twain for a longtime, the other has come to me recently. I think the two go well together. Mark Twain: The two most important days of your life are: the day you were born and the day you discover why. The second is similar:The meaning of life is to find you gift(s), the purpose of life is to give it/them away. Enjoy.

Charlie and Cheryl Cavalconte

The Starfish Story

I love the following story by Loren Eiseley. I have been a therapist in a clinic for many years working with men and women abused by substances. I feel this story exemplifies the work, especially the last line. Please enjoy.

“Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.

One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.

He came closer still and called out “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”

The young man paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”

“I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?” asked the somewhat startled wise man.

To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”

Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, “But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”

At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said,
“It made a difference for that one.”

By- Loren Eiseley, 1907-1977 An American anthropologist, educator, philosopher and natural science writer who taught and published books from the 1950’s to the 1970’s

Charlie and Cheryl Cavalconte