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From 14 May 2002 Issue

The Starfish
Author unknown

One day a man was taking a sunrise walk along a beach. In the distance he
caught sight of a young woman who seemed to be dancing along the waves. As he got closer he saw that the young woman was actually not dancing, but picking up starfish from the sand and tossing them gently back into the ocean.

"What are you doing?" the man asked.

"The sun is coming up and the tide is going out; if I don't throw them in
they'll die."

"But young woman, there are miles and miles of beach with starfish all along
it--you can't possibly make a difference."

The young woman bent down, picked up another starfish, and placed it lovingly
back into the ocean, past the breaking waves.

"It made a difference for that one," she replied.

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