Wangari Maathai – The Hummingbird Story

A beautiful message from a lovely and inspirational woman. Yeah, yeah, I know…Starfish, hummingbirds… In lieu of my incessant nagging, picture one of these lovely animals on your shoulders every day! 🙂


Saving Echinoderms

Is anyone else bored of watching me work through the 10 factors of resilience?  I am.  Honestly, I did not mean to kick off the blog with what has become a self-indulgent stream of monotony (who knew it would take so long?!).  Until that nattering monkey is off my back, I will pepper resilience posts with other things.  Today, something lovely from someone I don’t know how to credit.  I have never found a source for this one, but thank you, whoever you are.  🙂  And Happy Riders in the Grey Cup Day to you, readers!

While walking along a beach, an elderly gentleman saw someone in the distance leaning down, picking something up and throwing it into the ocean.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, picking up starfish one by one and tossing each one gently back into the water.

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.”

The old man smiled, and said, “I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?”

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 elderly observer commented, “But, young man, do you not realise that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”

The young man listened politely. Then he bent down, picked up another starfish, threw it into the back into the ocean past the breaking waves and said, “It made a difference for that one.”Image