There was a man taking a morning walk around the beach on a beautiful Sunday morning. He saw that along with the morning tide came hundreds of starfish. He also saw that when the tide receded the starfish would be left behind under the sun rays and die. The man decided to pick them up, one by one and throw them back to the ocean. 

Another man saw what he was doing and asked, “What are you doing? There are hundreds of starfish ? How can you help? What difference does it make? “

The first man did not reply,took two more steps,  picked up another starfish, threw it back to the water and said “It makes a difference to this one.” 

How many times have you heard, “What difference does it make”?  I bet dozens of times!
Better yet, how many times have you told this to yourself ?  I bet hundreds!

Think about how you usually respond to a question like this. Most of us, including myself, just give up at the possibility of not really knowing if we are making a difference. We make excuses for ourselves.

We decide not to eat an apple today because we know we’re going out for pizza tomorrow night, so what difference does it make. We choose to stay at home where it’s comfortable instead of playing outside with our dogs because…heck..what difference does it make. We sometimes decide not to go to the gym that day, i mean…”we all need a break”…what difference does it make if I miss the gym today. Got a chiropractic adjustment today?…I’ll just reschedule for next week….what difference does it make. Maybe I can just give my kids Nyquil so they can fall asleep faster instead of reading them a story……the doctor said it’s “safe”.

The man in that story could’ve stopped picking up starfish, head home and enjoy the rest of his Sunday. He decided not to.

He chose to make a little change, he chose to make a little difference for that starfish, for himself!

Think of 5 things you have made an excuse for not doing. Write them down. Now, promise yourself today that those 5 “little” things you’ve stopped doing will start getting done from now on! You will see how those little five changes will create an incredible difference in your life.

Never too old, never too bad, never too late, never too sick to start from scratch once again.” -Bikram Choudhury