The Starfish Story

Motivational and inspirational short stories about life – The Starfish Story (Story # 4)

On the request of our readers,we have started posting inspiring stories on this blog. In the series of motivational and inspirational short Stories, let me present you the Motivational and Inspirational Short Story # 4- The Starfish Story .  It’s not a mare story about starfish and the little girl, it is story of hope, story of perseverance and above all story of being the change. The story of confidence about taking an initiative to bring the change. It’s about how one step towards changing the world can make the difference.

You may have heard stories about starfish earlier, but reading the short stories  again and again for reminding the message learnt by them is always good. I personally find it inspiring and offering something new every time I read the inspiring story again.

Motivational and Inspirational Short Story # 4 – The Starfish Story

Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the seaside every morning to do his writing. He had a habit of walking along the beautiful beach before starting his work. One beautiful Sunday as per his morning ritual, he went to sea shore and started walking along the shore. As he moved ahead, he came along a stretch on which thousands of starfish had washed up. He found beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions.

Stories about Starfish

Off in the distance, the old man noticed a little girl approaching. As the girl walked, she paused every so often. When she came closer, the old man could see that she was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea.

The little girl came a bit closer and the old man called out, “Good morning little princess!!! May I ask what it is that you are doing?” The pretty little girl paused, looked up and replied, “Throwing starfish into the sea.” The little girl continued her job of picking and throwing back the starfishes in to the sea.

“I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the sea?”, asked the old man.

To this, the little girl replied, “The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return back to the sea by themselves. When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.”

Upon hearing this, the old man commented, ‘But, little girl, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? There must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference!”

The girl bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as she could into the ocean. Then she turned towards old man, gave a sweet smile and said, “I made a difference to that one!”

The Starfish Story

Also Read: Motivational and inspirational short stories about life – Nail on the fence (Story # 2)

Lessons from the Starfish Story

All of us get the several opportunities to create positive change, but more often we delay our actions waiting for anyone else to initiate. We start procrastinating to the bigger challenges by rationalizing “How much of a difference can I really make?”  You might not be able to change the whole world, but at least you can change a small part of it. Be the change for someone and bring the change.

The little girl teaches us another very important lesson that we should never leave the hope, no matter how difficult the challenges or situations are. She lives with hope in something unknowable. She believes in trying and making an effort to make a difference. Her life is more meaningful because she lives with hope and inspires others with her actions.

Do you also really make a difference in life of others? Please share your valuable experiences in comment section, they are much appreciated.

Thank you for reading this. I hope you are liking this series of motivational and inspirational stories.

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    1. Good evening sir, can I present this story in my university function, is it alright and able to make audience attraction by this story. Can you reply according to my message sir .
      Thank you kindly !.

    2. Greetings of the Day!!!

      Yes, you can present this story in your university function. The whole objective of Invajy is to inspire people to utilize their full potential in every area of life.

      The Starfish story is all about making a difference to someone other’s life. So go ahead bring difference in your university students life.

  1. I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great.
    I do not know who you are but definitely you’re going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already 😉 Cheers!

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