Thursday, November 11, 2010

Remembrance Day / Veterans's Day / Armistice Day / Poppy Day


Today many people in the World-War-I-touched World will mark a few seconds of silence for sacrifice of military and civilians in time of war.  Having a family history of war loss (as civilian victims and military service losses) I take this day personally and make it a time to ask myself how much I really do for peace and how much I help in making the world better by bringing people together and having things solved by peaceful means.  War and human nature are too hard to defeat, but I can do it one person at a time - starting with me!

Can I make a difference?

Once a man was walking on a beach and he saw a woman throwing starfish off the beach into the sea. "What are you doing he asked?" 


She said, "Since the tide will not return for another 12 hours, these starfish will dry-out in the Sun and die."


Then she went on to pick up another one and throw it back into the sea. This went on for a while and the man walked back up to the woman and asked angrily, "Do you know how many beaches there are and how many starfish are washed up on those beaches?  What difference can you really make?"


She looked down at the starfish in her hand, "It makes a difference to this one."


I love you guys!

21 comments:

Karen R said...

I love the story!

We can each make a difference - very powerful!

Ewa said...

As long as there are people who will take time to reach out to the ones who need help, there is hope.
For now I bow my head to those who sacrificed all.

ShutUpandRun said...

We love you too. You are the one who throws the starfish back and sets a good example for all of us.

Jamoosh said...

Brilliant! Happy Veterans Day.

gene said...

Excellent analogy!
Thank you for your Service!

One Crazy Penguin said...

One of my favorite short srtories!

Happy Vets Day, Andrew :)

Kenley said...

Just helping one person makes a difference. Thanks for sharing this. Very well said. As a veteran, thanks for the post.

Quinton J said...

so true. great post.

Adrienne said...

Thank you. I really needed that today.

Anne-Marie said...

Great post, and great reminder about making a difference.

Happy Verterans Day!

TRI714 said...

THANK YOU !!

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

Love that story...

Molly said...

Great post, we should remember not just today, but every day.

(p.s. you guessed correctly about my tat!)

Irene said...

Beautiful.

Johann said...

That is a great story. We can all make a difference, even if it is small. We can all work harder at it. Thanks for sharing this.

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chris mcpeake said...

great stuff

Raegun said...

Great story, Andrew!

Chris K said...

I took an awesome personal growth class once and that story was recounted in the class. I'll never forget it.

termite said...

wonderful, heartwarming post andrew.

thank you.

xo

Nitmos said...

What do starfish taste like?