Let me start with a story:
Two friends were walking on the beach and came across a bunch of starfish stranded on the shore. One person starts picking up the starfish one by one and throwing them back into the ocean. The other friend asks, “Why are you doing that? There are so many starfish stranded on the beach, you can’t possibly help them all.” The first friend then picks up another starfish and throws it back into the ocean, then says, “I made a difference for that one.”
Too often in life, we fell as though we have to make a big splash. We want what we are doing to have an impact on many. We believe our actions have to help everyone. We feel that if what we do does not make enough of an impression on everyone, why bother doing it at all?
So, we don’t. We choose not to make a difference for anyone because we do not believe one is enough. We think why bother if no one will notice.
What if we all adopted the mentality of “the first friend”? What if we set out today to make a difference in the life of that one person in front of us at that very moment? What if, instead of looking at the bigger picture with a negative outlook, we looked at the smaller present with a positive one?
When we set out to complete a jigsaw puzzle, we are not able to make a huge difference in one move or with one piece. Instead, we have to take it one piece at a time, and slowly as we being to connect a series of individual pieces, our masterpiece begins to emerge.
Suppose that every day we were given just one piece of the puzzle. Would we play it and choose to make a difference for one individual as we begin to build our masterpiece? Or would we choose to ignore it thinking that our one piece is not enough to do anything?
Perhaps, we should all think of adopting the mindset of “the first friend”. Start making a difference one piece, one conversation, one kind gesture, one interaction, one person, or one starfish at a time.
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu
Take that step today.
Bring your best today!