The Starfish Story


As you may already know, I work in the court system and mainly worth with victims of crime. At one of my trainings, I received this little story on a magnet, which I subsequently keep on the fridge. I totally forgot it was even there until I spotted it a took a moment to read it last week. I’ve been feeling a little frustrated with my job lately, so this reminder couldn’t have come at a better time.

The Starfish Story1So, since I needed this reminder, I’m now reminding you that no matter if it’s worked related, at home, simply smiling at someone or holding a door open for another – no matter how big or small the gesture, YOU can and DO make a difference.

No questions for today. I think this story speaks for itself.

42 thoughts on “The Starfish Story

  1. Thanks for sharing this story, Holly. A simple message truly does go a long way! Have a fabulous day <3

  2. Coming-of-Age Day in Japan.
    January 15th is Coming-of-Age Day which honors young people who have reached the age of 20 as new members of society. This was established as a national holiday after the Second World War.
    Local governments hold Coming-of-Age ceremonies to which young people are invited. Many young women attend them wearing beautiful long-sleeved kimonos.
    In Japan, from the age of 20 onwards, people have the right to vote, drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes. From the year 2000, the government changed this holiday to the second Monday of January so that people can have a long weekend.
    Coming-of-age ceremony, Mickey blessing in Disneyland Japan

    いつも ありがとう!!

  3. Awww what a beautiful story. Said in a few words, but so very true. It is like phrase, Smile and the whole world smiles with you. The way we approach each day, and focus on what differences we can make in others lives are what truly bring us happiness. Thanks for sharing this :)

  4. I love that story! It’s a sentiment I think a lot of us could hear more often. I understand how your job could get frustrating, though! You do good work, Holly :)

  5. What a beautiful message to start the week with — thank you Holly <3 It's definitely easy to get frustrated when we feel like our efforts aren't paying off, but we touch more lives than we can ever know.

    Hope your week is off to a great start.

  6. Wow, thanks for that. What a touching and perfect story to start off this week.

  7. Love it! Really made me smile :-) Thanks Holly!

  8. Thanks for posting this Holly – it’s such a great reminder. If I end up in the same career field as you, it’s something I’m definitely going to be keeping in mind!

  9. Love this Holly – have to agree with Amanda, we definitely touch more lives than we can ever know! Thanks so much for sharing this story

  10. Thanks for sharing this, Holly. What a good story to remember.

  11. Aw, I love that! It’s so true and so sweet. Definitely a nice reminder, thank you!

  12. When I worked as a social worker with kids, I saw this at a training as well. I lead early childhood training’s for teachers and I always shared this story with them. For my coworkers one year, I gave them each a starfish necklace to remind them of the difference they make. Thanks for reminding me!

  13. Beautifully put. Thanks so much for this reminder.

  14. Loving the starfish story! Thanks for sharing Holly!

  15. Such a beautiful message- and once again, I really admire you in the job area you are in.

    Much needed reminder, especially today- Cheers, Holly!

  16. i have that message too! it was a card and it really speaks volume!

  17. That story was short yet has such a powerful meaning behind it. Thank you for posting this. I love it. Such a good reminder!

  18. beautiful….we were reminded of this story when teaching, too….we really do have the power to make a difference in the lives of others, both in small and big ways, each day! thanks for sharing this, Holly!

  19. Aww I love this!! I feel the same way in my field (pharmacy) – some days it seems hopeless how many underserved patients are out there, but this reminds me that each person I get to interact with I can make a positive difference for that person. Thanks :)

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  21. Hi there! Stopping in from SITS. I love this story. I once gave copies of it to some of my son’s teachers and specialists.

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