1118. I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. ~Edward Everett Hale

The Power of One
One song can spark a moment.
One flower can begin a garden.
One tree can start a forest.
One bird can herald spring.
One smile can begin a friendships.
One hand clasp can lift the soul.
One sunbeam can light a room.
One candle can wipe out darkness.
One laugh can conquer gloom.
One hope can raise the spirit.
One touch can show we care.
~Author Unknown

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An elderly man was walking along the beach one morning after a storm. And in the in the distance he could see someone moving along like a dancer. As he came closer, he saw that it was a young woman who was not dancing but was reaching down and picking up starfish and gently throwing them into the ocean. As he drew closer still, he called out, “Good morning, young lady! May I ask what it is that you are doing?” The young woman paused, looked up, and replied, “The sun is up, and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw the starfish back into the sea, they will die.” The old man smiled, and said, “But young lady, do you not realize that there are many miles of beach and thousands of starfish? You cannot possibly make a difference!” The young woman listened politely then she bent down, picked up another starfish, threw it into the back into the water and said, “It made a difference for that one.” ~A parable, original author unknown

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. ~Galatians 6:9  ✝

**Images via Pinterest and Pixabay; collage created by Natalie

18 thoughts on “1118. I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. ~Edward Everett Hale

  1. I love that tale of the starfish, I think I used it a couple of summers ago when we’d visited the coast of Oregon and saw all the starfish—It’s a wonderful story that it matters not the overwhelmingness of a task, the carrying out of the task verses the result is often the more important…
    –hugs and love–lil cookie

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  2. Such a marvelous ending to this tale! To each person touched by a giving, open and caring heart a difference is made to that individual. ❤ Natalie, your starfish photos are beautiful to go with the story. 🙂

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