I was invited to speak last evening at the Zoning Board meeting and was prepared to add my support for Seacoast Family Promise. Their quest to establish a new day care center for their clients is most noble. It proved unnecessary for me to take the microphone. A young woman from Exeter, a former client of SFP poured out her own story of trial and ultimate success.
The hearing should have ended with her words and joyful tears raining down upon the assembled. That powerful story should have resonated with everyone in the room. Sadly for our Community the hearing continued to the wee hours.
Open your ears, open your heart. Make an effort to see beyond yourself and realize your own human condition, and it’s fragility.
In an instant, just a blink, it could all change.
A lightning bolt.
Your own personal current state of bliss would be significantly enhanced(think about that!) by doing what you can to lift others up.
The starfish parable has many variations. The starfish savior could be a child or a wise old man or in this version a young man. Either way the last line still hangs in the air.
He came closer still and called out “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”
The young man paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”
“I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?” asked the somewhat startled wise man.
To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”
Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, “But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”
At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said,
“It made a difference for that one.”