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Saturday, 9 September 2017

Doing The Starfish Story - One At A Time

Loren Eiseley

“Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.

One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.

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."

"I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" asked the somewhat startled wise man.

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 wise man commented, "But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!"

At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said,

"It made a difference for that one.” 

― Loren Eiseley

Before Oct 2016, Uncle8888 has been doing the Starfish story - one at a time; and partly on company's time with extended lunch or tea breaks (Eating snake; both parties were somehow guilty); but now it is really on personal time, not eating snake and also involves travelling time and crossing land in Singapore.

Read?  Does CPF need to improve on its website contents? No exactly clear to many??? (2)

Every starfish on the beach?

Uncle8888 is both short and long sighted so he can't see every starfish on the beach. Bo pian! Just too bad! No 


  1. The starfish story is freq used in education scene.

    Personally I dun like the story. I want my pupils, all of them to improve, rather than just make a difference to 1-2.

    Leave no man behind, is one other story I preferred. But I am talking about teaching, investment diff

  2. My version of the story is the difference between Lecture/Talk and One to one (One starfish at time - it is about me - the starfish)

    1. Round Table over kopi is a better idea; but not easy to do that as each is likely to have own agenda so it can be difficult to align.

  3. Halo brother cw,

    Starfish sy report here!!!



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