The Starfish Story
A young man is walking along the ocean and sees a beach on which thousands and thousands of starfish have washed ashore.
Further along he sees an old man, walking slowly and stooping often, picking up one starfish after another and tossing each one gently into the ocean.
“Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?,” he asks.
“Because the sun is up and the tide is going out and if I don’t throw them further in they will die.”
“But, old man, don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it! You can’t possibly save them all, you can’t even save one-tenth of them. In fact, even if you work all day, your efforts won’t make any difference at all.”
The old man listened calmly and then bent down to pick up another starfish and threw it into the sea. “It made a difference to that one.”
We all can make a positive impact on our life as well as of others by doing the little things. And often it is the little things that make the greatest difference. Here are something’s that are often overlooked or taken for granted that will make a positive change in your life and others.
A smile not only makes you look good but it can brighten another persons day. Research has shown that smiling will put you in a good mood. So smile and change your day and others.
Take a moment and list all the things your are grateful for. It can be as simple as being able to fill your lungs with air, having a bed to sleep in every night, shelter, clothes, food, family. Thoughts of gratitude will change your out look on life.
Forgive yourself. We usually think forgiveness is what we do for others. Forgiving ourselves unlocks us from our past mistakes and failures. When this is done you will find it easier to forgive others, you will stop criticizing yourself and others and you become more of your authentic self. Living up to your full potential.
One of the greatest things you can do for your health is to laugh. I have written several post on the benefits of laughter. Click here to go to those post.
Caress a loved one or a pet for 5 minutes a day. Our bodies release healing endorphins when we are being touched or are touching someone else. Stroking a pet has the same benefits and the pet receives the same healing benefits as well.
We have forgotten how wonderful it feels to play. Get up, move and play. Playing is a great de-stressor, offers a chance to exercise and gives us a feeling of well being.
Give, the wealthiest people in the world always say that giving got them where they are today. Besides money there a many ways to give. Give always things you do use or need any more. Give your time and talent to others in need. Go the ‘second mile’ when you give. Feeling appreciated is vital for our mental wellbeing.
Pray and meditate for at least 15 minutes a day. There have been a multitude of studies done that have shown the benefits of prayer and meditation. Praying is where you talk to God and meditation is where you listen. Once you start talking to God don’t be surprised when you hear him talk back. Bring a tablet of paper with you when you pray and meditate and write down the things God tells you. If you have any questions go to my contact page and e-mail me. I have a lot of experience with this.
Exercise is an investment in oneself. Try to get at least 15 minutes a day.
Use both sides of your brain. An analytical persons use left side of the brain and a creative person uses right side of the brain. If you are analytical create something. If you are creative solve a puzzle. If you are not sure which is the most dominate do both. The one you have the most difficulty with is the weaker side of the brain. New neural pathways form in our brains when we do something challenging. This helps with problem solving.
Do something for the planet, pick up trash, plant a tree, recycle.
The last one may be the hardest one of all. At lease once a day look in the mirror and say, “I love you.”
Please share your ideas on little things we can do to make a difference in our lives as well as others.