When you look at the total devastation left after a natural disaster, is it so overwhelming you can’t wrap your head around it?
When it’s so bad I don’t know if anything I do would make a difference, I remember this story: The Starfish Thrower, by Loren Eiseley.
“A man was walking on the beach one day and noticed a boy who was reaching down, picking up a starfish and throwing it in the ocean.
As he approached, he called out, “Hello! What are you doing?”
The boy looked up and said, “I’m throwing starfish into the ocean.”
“Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?” asked the man.
“The tide stranded them. If I don’t throw them in the water before the sun comes up, they’ll die,” came the answer.
“Surely you realize that there are miles of beach and thousands of starfish. You’ll never throw them all back, there are too many. You can’t possibly make a difference.”
The boy listened politely, then picked up another starfish.
As he threw it back into the sea, he said, “It made a difference for that one.”
My sister is like one of those starfish. She’s one of the thousands rebuilding their life after living through not one, but three hurricanes. Dorian in South Carolina during the death of her husband, Laura and Delta in Lake Charles, Louisiana where she was living with her daughter – helping her through two major operations. She’s safely back in South Carolina again, temporarily living with her son, but needs a little help beginning again., and I’ve started a GoFundMe campaign for her.
It’s true, as you’ve often heard me say, that set-backs are set-ups for comebacks, but sometimes you need a little help getting the ball rolling. If you can, please click here to lend a hand. Thank you. https://bit.ly/37aomS1