The Starfish Story: one step towards changing the world

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The Starfish Story: one step towards changing the world

You may have heard this one, but I find that it doesn’t hurt to be reminded of it every once in a while.  First let me tell you the story, and then we can talk about it.

Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions.

Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching.  As the boy walked, he paused every so often and as he grew closer, the man could see that he was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea.  The boy came closer still and the man called out, “Good morning!  May I ask what it is that you are doing?”

The young boy paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves,” the youth replied. “When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.”

The old man replied, “But 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 boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned, smiled and said, “It made a difference to that one!”

adapted from The Star Thrower, by Loren Eiseley (1907 – 1977)
We all have the opportunity to help create positive change, but if you’re like me, you sometimes find yourself thinking, “I’m already really busy, and how much of a difference can I really make?”  I think this is especially true when we’re talking about addressing massive social problems like tackling world hunger or finding a cure for cancer, but it pops up all of the time in our everyday lives, as well. So when I catch myself thinking that way, it helps to remember this story.  You might not be able to change the entire world, but at least you can change a small part of it, for someone.

They say that one of the most common reasons we procrastinate is because we see the challenge before us as overwhelming, and that a good way to counter that is to break the big challenge down into smaller pieces and then take those one at a time–like one starfish at a time.  And to that one starfish, it can make a world of difference.

“A single, ordinary person still can make a difference – and single, ordinary people are doing precisely that every day.”

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And that is what I do…

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Welcome to Adult Bullying

LET THEM WALK!

God’s will be done / inshallah
Solution – at the bottom of this post ♡ its right there, if and/or when you want it 😀
Read, smile and go on & do good works ♡


~ 2 posts I happened upon below ♡ although my opinion is still SIMPLY Let Them Walk ♡

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Welcome to adult bullying, where mean girls are now grown women.

Who would’ve thunk it? But…it’s true. And maybe different solutions work for different people and situations; however…my mode of operation is to walk away….no RUN. .  away from toxicity. A kinder way of saying an angry bitter old b***h.  I don’t need to know any “whys” or “hows”, life’s too short and precious. in other words ~ too blessed to be stressed by the devil’s mess.”

“If” It’s helpful, here’s are the 2 posts on the subject; a different point of view … 😀

I still say… #MoveOn  

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What To Do When Your Bestie Becomes A Bitch

Water Off A Duck’s Back: How to deal with a P.I.T.A.

Waterproof-DucklingDid you know that ducks have a special preen gland near their tail, that when they rub that oil on their feathers with their beaks, it makes them waterproof? That oil gives their feathers protection from water damage and extreme weather conditions as well.

Ever been around someone who just won’t shut up? I mean, that yapper that just vomits his/her opinion all over you even if you’re not asking for it? They don’t care if you don’t feel the same way that they do and can care very little about your moral beliefs, background, or political views. They’re downright passionate about their own point-of-view, speaking until their veins are bulging out of their foreheads and necks, it’s like the only opinion that makes the most sense is theirs. They’re not generally nasty individuals, they’re just close minded. To clarify, they aren’t shouting at you or even arguing with you, rather they’re providing you a a rehearsed lecture on their belief system, whether you’ve asked for it or not. They are the complete opposite of a passive aggressive person. In fact, this is the only moment in your life, even if you are a “straight-shooter” like me, that you wished to GAWD for a passive aggressive or a “stonewaller.” These people have a specific channel or channels they watch on television. They have very specific political views, and you’ll know by the end of the conversation if they believe in God or not.

Here’s the trick with dealing with emotional, passionate people who pitch their viewpoint on Mount Everest and let you know all about it. You have to understand that even if you say, “well, let’s agree to disagree.” These yappers are going off so dang much, they haven’t heard a word you said. Their tangent has prevented them from stopping for air or consider that you’re not interested in continuing the conversation. You might even be sitting there completely befuddled, because you’re not even sure how the conversation even began in the first place? They are the ones that usually bring up subjects where they’ve rehearsed their rant of a monologue in thorough detail. They can be an elderly retired person pointing at something on the television as you are nearby, then they let you have it, going off on you. They can be a young, fresh out of college know-it-all. They can be mid-30s, seasoned professional. These people can be any age, any ethnicity, any gender preference. It doesn’t matter. They come from all walks of life and can be customers, associates, peers, friends, in-laws, family, acquaintances, or total strangers.

No matter their background, they can all be a P.I.T.A. and I am not talking about P.E.T.A. (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). I am talking about P.I.T.A. (Pain In The A**). Here’s the thing you need to know about the overtly, in-your-face, opinionated- they are not very good listeners and definitely not the reasonable type. They will say things without taking body cues, even when you straight-up tell them, “I’d rather not discuss this anymore.” Why? Well you see, they are too busy venting on and on about their opinion, clueless if they are pissing you off. To them, their opinion is the accurate one. What do you do with someone like this? How the heck do you deal with an argumentative, combative, opinionated, extroverted, know-it-all?

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  1. If you are not too pissed off by this point, you can try changing the subject.
  2. If you are in a situation that prevents you from leaving, you can try letting them know that you’d rather drop the entire subject.
  3. If they are not listening, which is likely the case, then you may need to resort to being a duck.

WARNING: What ever you do, do not try and ask questions, egg them on in any way, or further encourage a P.I.T.A. This only makes their behavior worse.

I have realized when dealing with a passionate P.I.T.A., option 1. and option 2. hardly ever work.  If anything, they are in mid-sentence still going on and on. You aren’t talking to a level-headed person, but a know-it-all. They will likely not shut-up, not even if you ask them nicely. If this is the case with you, you’re at option 3. You have to be the duck, floating on top of the water calm as can be, but underneath the water your feet are moving fast. The P.I.T.A. does not need to see your feet moving, all they need to see is your little duck body floating along as calm as can be. Inside, you might be ready to choke them out, no need to give them another ounce of your energy. You take your beak, get some of that oil from your preen gland, and rub it all over your feathers. You let that oil make you waterproof, let those words roll right off your back. No reason to get nasty, no reason to even tell them about your opinion, no need to get sucked into their negative energy and their need to debate someone. Remember, the world does NOT revolve around you. This is NOT about you. Someone’s opinions, beliefs, ideas, perspective in life has a lot to do with many things outside of your control.

So, quack along little duck, you got an entire pond ahead of you and plenty of oil on those feathers to make you water resistant.

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Solution –

 

Now…you don’t think about it again LOL-samu-chan.gif #done

Yoga…NAMASTE

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Yoga

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Yes…I want to convert. There’s no excuses, not age, shape…blah blah blah ♡

#justdoit

Or whatever works best FOR YOU. That’s WHAT MATTERS #PEACE #CALM #TRANQUILLITY #INTHEZONE

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So…this is just some Googled images. along with a couple of my own thrown in. Which btw I will update as soon as my granddaughter gets out of school today 😀 That means “check back…I’ll be adding to this post…for a long time”; easier than doing multiple posts on the subject. Right? I think   ♫  😉

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The images are with heartfelt intentions. To try and get the point across that anyone can do this…and it just gets easier!

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Oh…and the clothes are AWESOME! #COMFORT

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So jump on boatd! Google poses; from beginners to hardcore. And YouTube of course.

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Pleaee? It’s so good for you; physically,  mentally,  emotionally and SPIRITUALLY ♡

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#TrueStory ~ when I can’t go fishing…this is the way to GET IN THE ZONE!

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I couldn’t resist 😉

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Just sayin 😉

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Now…know this…I am blessed and grateful…that I have a head TO stand on.

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And *note – before you laugh at me (which is fine, because I laugh at myself AND laughter/humor is tied at the top of the list with the rest of this post for healthiest activity!) remember I am 60 years old (maybe 59 in above picture)… J/S

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Don’t look back, you’re not going in that direction; look forwatd! 

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and UP…KEEP LOOKING UP ♡

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My church is up there…way up.

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What Matters

Your PEACE

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YouTube!

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PEACE

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Works for me ♡

 

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.And that’s WHAT MATTERS

What works for you?

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. The Lotus flower

And yes…I had it put on the back of my grateful head lol…I just need to have fun…in little ways.

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whatever works best FOR YOU. That’s WHAT MATTERS #PEACE #CALM #TRANQUILLITY #INTHEZONE

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Trust Your Natural Responses

#peace, #love, #gratitude, #God, #guidance, #blogshare, thankful, 

Life Love God

Without ForceExpress yourself completely,
then keep quiet.
Be like the forces of nature:
when it blows, there is only wind;
when it rains, there is only rain;
when the clouds pass, the sun shines through.
If you open yourself to the Tao,
you are at one with the Tao
and you can embody it completely.
If you open yourself to insight,
you are at one with insight
and you can use it completely.
If you open yourself to loss,
you are at one with loss
and you can accept it completely.
Open yourself to the Tao,
then trust your natural responses;
and everything will fall into place.

Tao Te Ching v23

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ComfortComfort

I accept the comfort and strength of God.

A hug from a friend or a call from a loved one reminds me I am not alone. Yet God’s comforting, strengthening presence is with me always, even when friends are…

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Well-Spring Of Truth

#peace, #love, #gratitude, #God, #guidance, #blogshare, thankful, 

Life Love God

ContemplationExpress yourself completely,
then keep quiet.
Be like the forces of nature:
when it blows, there is only wind;
when it rains, there is only rain;
when the clouds pass, the sun shines through.
If you open yourself to the Tao,
you are at one with the Tao
and you can embody it completely.
If you open yourself to insight,
you are at one with insight
and you can use it completely.
If you open yourself to loss,
you are at one with loss
and you can accept it completely.
Open yourself to the Tao,
then trust your natural responses;
and everything will fall into place.

Tao Te Ching v23

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Brand New DayGod’s Light

The light and love of God warm my heart and brighten my days.

During the short days of winter, we see less of the sun, but it hasn’t disappeared. The earth has moved, but the sun is still…

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Guidance

#peace, #love, #gratitude, #God, #guidance, #blogshare, thankful, 

Life Love God

Express yourself completely,
then keep quiet.
Be like the forces of nature:
when it blows, there is only wind;
when it rains, there is only rain;
when the clouds pass, the sun shines through.
If you open yourself to the Tao,
you are at one with the Tao
and you can embody it completely.
If you open yourself to insight,
you are at one with insight
and you can use it completely.
If you open yourself to loss,
you are at one with loss
and you can accept it completely.
Open yourself to the Tao,
then trust your natural responses;
and everything will fall into place.

Tao Te Ching v23

Guidance

In all ways and at all times, God is with me.

When I have a major decision to make, I do not want to limit myself to my past experience or what I have observed in the lives of…

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Gratitude, Humility, Faith

#peace, #love, #gratitude, #God, #guidance, #blogshare, thankful, 

Life Love God

Know Where You Come FromExpress yourself completely,
then keep quiet.
Be like the forces of nature:
when it blows, there is only wind;
when it rains, there is only rain;
when the clouds pass, the sun shines through.
If you open yourself to the Tao,
you are at one with the Tao
and you can embody it completely.
If you open yourself to insight,
you are at one with insight
and you can use it completely.
If you open yourself to loss,
you are at one with loss
and you can accept it completely.
Open yourself to the Tao,
then trust your natural responses;
and everything will fall into place.
Tao Te Ching v23

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Inward BeautyMiracle
I open my heart to receive miracles.
When the angel Gabriel visited Mary to share that she would soon bear a child, she must have experienced shock and wonder as she absorbed the angel’s message.
Mary must have tapped…

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Gratitude

#peace, #love, #gratitude, #God, #guidance, #blogshare, thankful, 

Life Love God

Express yourself completely,
then keep quiet.
Be like the forces of nature:
when it blows, there is only wind;
when it rains, there is only rain;
when the clouds pass, the sun shines through.
If you open yourself to the Tao,
you are at one with the Tao
and you can embody it completely.
If you open yourself to insight,
you are at one with insight
and you can use it completely.
If you open yourself to loss,
you are at one with loss
and you can accept it completely.
Open yourself to the Tao,
then trust your natural responses;
and everything will fall into place.

Tao Te Ching v23

Gratitude

I am grateful for everything.

It is easy to express gratitude when everything appears to be going wonderfully. However, when I feel something is missing or I am uncomfortable, I may lose sight of the good in my life.

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