STUDENT STORIES

Inspiration for consideration

Katie Hamilton
Posted 6/12/17

Editor’s note: This is part of a weekly series of columns written by students at Cleveland Middle School.

“One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up …

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STUDENT STORIES

Inspiration for consideration

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Editor’s note: This is part of a weekly series of columns written by students at Cleveland Middle School.

“One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean. Approaching the boy, he asked, ‘What are you doing?’

The youth replied, ‘Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.’

‘Son,’ the man said, ‘don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a difference!’

After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said, ‘It made a difference for the one.’” 

— Story by Loren Eisley

You may be wondering why I shared this story with you, and I’ll tell you.

Wouldn’t it be great if there were more people in the world that were like the little boy? If they always tried to help someone out in a tough situation and spread their joy to live with everyone? Instead of tearing people down, why not help them on their journey in life?

Showing a bit of kindness can improve one’s day greatly, and it doesn’t take that much effort.

There are many ways to show kindness and positivity throughout the day.

You can smile at a stranger as you are walking into work. You could hold open the door at a store. Show appreciation for even the smallest things, by saying thank you. Compliment someone on even the smallest things about themselves — their hair or outfit choice for the day. Praise someone for a job well done.

If you participate in any one of these actions, you are showing care for others around you, and typically when this is shown, it is like a plague. It spreads.

So I encourage you to be the little boy, because as Ed Sheeran famously sings in “What Do I Know?” — “love can change the world in a moment, but what do I know?”

Katie Hamilton will be a freshman at Cleveland High School this fall.

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