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FoL Newsletter Excerpts by Clare and Tom Harral (1991 - 2001)

2002 (unpublished)

Amongst the intended news items were two motivational tales:

The Weight of a Snowflake

"Tell me the weight of a snowflake," said the robin to the dove.
"Why it weighs nothing at all," replied the dove.
"In that case," the robin went on, "I must tell you a marvellous story."
"I was sitting on a branch of a fir tree, close to its trunk," the robin began.
"When snow began to fall - not heavily, not in a raging blizzard, no just like a dream without any violence. Since I did not have anything better to do, I counted the snowflakes settling on the needles and twigs of my branch. I reached the number 3,741,952. Then when the 3,741,953rd snowflake dropped onto the branch weighing nothing as you say - the branch suddenly broke off."

With that the robin flew away. The dove thought about the story and said to herself, "I sometimes think that my efforts and the little I can do make no difference. We might think they are nothing at all, but if we put all our efforts together great things are possible."

It makes a difference

As the old man walked the beach at dawn, he noticed a young man ahead of him picking up starfish and slinging them into the sea. Finally catching up with the youth, he asked him why he was doing this. The answer was that the stranded starfish would die if left until the morning sun. "But the beach goes on for miles and there are millions of starfish" countered the older man.

"How can your effort make any difference?"

The young man looked at the starfish in his hand and then threw it to safety in the waves. "It makes a difference to this one" he said.

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