Most clients asked me this personal question…
It happened to me on many occasions and the most recent one took place just last week.
As usual, after wrapping up the consultation session, and before we parted way, the client suddenly asked me a personal question. This is how the typical Questions and Answers will flow:
Q: “Just curious, what make you decide to take up the Life Coaching role?”
A: “My mentors have shown me the way. It’s my turn to do the same, to make a difference in people’s lives.”
Q: “There are so many people out there who need help. How much can you do as an individual? You can’t possibly make a huge difference!'”
At this point, I always have a good story to tell. Might make my client understand better, might not! Wanna hear it?
The Story of a Starfish Thrower
Once upon a time, there was an old man who had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.
Everyday, as he was walking along the shore, he would see a small boy moving like a dancer. One fine day, his curiosity got the better of him so he walked faster to catch up with the boy.
As he got closer, he noticed that the boy was not dancing at all. The boy was actually reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.
The old man came closer 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 old man.
To this, the young boy 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 old 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 boy 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.’
Adapted from The Star Thrower by Loren Eiseley (1907-1977)
What This Story Means to Me
This story has inspired me to keep on doing what I am doing for the longest time – making a positive difference in someone’s life each day!
So, can I also encourage you to take the time to do something that will make a difference in someone else’s life … it doesn’t have to be big things and they don’t need to know. Just take a moment, do something special … the universe will know and that’s enough.
Start planting the seed of goodness each day and one day, the harvest of abundance will come back to you manifolds – Yijing (易经) Wisdom.