starfishing…

My word for this year is LEARN.  

So it just makes sense to use this Year of Sundays to reflect on 52 of my most significant Life Lessons.   Some may seem more significant than others, but each one has changed how I live my life in powerful way.   I’d love to hear if and how any of these same lessons have surfaced in the classroom of Your Life.

lesson39Heroes do exist.

A few weeks ago, I wrote about custom superhero capes.   I love the idea of superheroes, but let’s face it – superheroes aren’t real.  Heroes are though.

Even without The News, I see them every day.   To me, a hero is someone who sees what needs to be done and just.does.it, in their own, very generous way.    Their actions aren’t always huge in the global sense, but the are huge in the starfish sense.   If you haven’t heard the Star Thrower story, here it is:

One morning, a man was walking on the beach he saw a man down the beach who was reaching down to the shore, picking up something and very gently throwing it into the ocean.

As he got closer, he called out, “Good morning! What are you doing?” The young man paused, looked up and replied “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 throw them in they’ll die.”

“But young man, don’t you realize that there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it. 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, past the breaking waves. “It made a difference for that one!”

Heroes make a difference where they can.  The don’t need capes.  They have willingness.

Since, like me, you might sometimes have a tough time finding a hero when you need one.  So how about if we swap hero-sightings here?  That way, we can always find one.

What heroes have you spotted lately?

5 thoughts on “starfishing…

  1. “The Starfish Thrower”…..always one of my very favorite stories. We can’t always change the world, but we CAN “make a difference to that one.”

  2. I’m sure I have seen heroes recently, but can’t think of their stories. I will keep my eyes WIDE open for them this week!

  3. One of my heroes donates her time to serve as a spiritual director to a number of folks (including me) and has oriented her entire life to giving back. When I visit, I’m pretty sure that the lap afghan I borrow might double as a cape when o one is looking.

  4. as always, deep and humble bows of THANKS to you ALL for joining in this adventure ~ here and more privately.

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