"You never know who you will influence."
The Starfish Thrower by Loren Isley
Once upon a time there was a wise man, who use to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking along the beach before he began his writing.
One day he was walking along the shore. As he looked down the beach he saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself to think of someone who would dance to the day. He walked faster to catch up.
As he got closer he called out, "Good Morning". What are you doing?
The young man paused, looked up and replied, "I'm throwing starfish into the ocean".
I guess I should have asked, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?
"The sun is up and the tide is going out, and if I don~t thrown them in, they will die."
"Young man don't you know there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along them. You can't possibly make a difference."
The young man listened politely, then bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea, passed the breaking waves. "Made a difference to that one!" he said.
His response surprised the man. He was upset. He didn't know how to respond. So instead he turned away to walk back to his cottage to begin his writing.
All day long the vision of the young man haunted him. He tried to ignore it, but the vision persisted.
Finally, late in the afternoon he realized that he the scientist, he the poet had missed the essential nature of the young man's actions. Because he realized that what the young man was doing was choosing not to be an observer in the universe and watch it pass by, but was choosing to be an actor in the universe and make a difference.
He was embarrassed, That night he went to bed troubled.
When morning came he awoke, knowing that he had to do something. So he got up, put on his clothes, and went to the beach to find the young man. With him, he spent the rest of the morning throwing starfish into the ocean. (taken from here.)
We concluded our stake conference this weekend, with visits from general authorities Elder Cook and Elder Lund and exciting new changes. It is always an uplifting time, just as General Conference can be. It is also always very humbling to see people who are called to callings that will require a lot of their time and effort, along with the family who will be doing what they can to support and sustain their spouses in what they are required to do. Many have often said how inadequate they feel, but that is pretty much how we all probably feel with a lot of the callings we get in our lives, that includes teaching little children.
So grateful for people we meet in our lives who help teach, guide and inspire.
On another note, no amazing photos today but just another fun tutorial to personalise your glassware so you can bring food to potluck and be sure that you get yours back. ;)
What you need:
Armour Etch (obtainable at any craft store)
Vinyl cut outs
The etching chemical have instructions on the label on how long you need to leave it on before washing off. So be sure to follow that. :)
(Thanks again, Hillary for making all this possible!)