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."
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