The starfish

As a young woman walked down a beach at dawn, she saw an older woman mowing across the sand, bending to pick up a stranded starfish and throw it into the sea.  The older woman repeated the task again and again.

The younger woman asked her why she was wasting her time.  The older woman explained that the stranded starfish would die if left in the morning sun.  “But there must be thousands of miles of beach and millions of starfish.  How can your efforts make any difference?”

The older woman looked down at the small starfish in her hand and said, “It makes a difference to this one”.

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