Inspirations

Make a Difference

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 saw a figure moving like a dancer.
He smiled to himself to think of someone
who would dance to the day.
So he began to walk faster to catch up.
As he got closer, he saw that it was a young man and that he
wasn't dancing, but instead reaching down to the shore,
picking up something and very gently throwing it into the ocean.
As he got closer he called out,
"Good morning! What are you doing?"
The young man paused, looked up and replied,
"Throwing starfish in the ocean."
"I guess I should have asked,
why are you throwing starfish in the ocean?"
"The sun is up and the tide is going out.
And if I don't throw them in they'll die."
"But, young man, don't you realize that there are miles
and miles of beach and starfish all along it.
You can't possibly make a difference!"
The young man listed politely.
Then he bent down, picked another starfish
and threw it into the sea, past the breaking waves and said-
"It made a difference for that one."

There is something very special in each and every one of us.
We have all been gifted with the ability to make a difference.
And if we can become aware of that gift,
we gain through the strength of our visions
the power to shape the future.
We must each find our starfish.
And if we throw our stars wisely and well,
the world will be blessed.

As I live each day
may I do my part
to make one difference,
to touch one heart,
And through each day
may it be my goal
to encourage one mind
and inspire one soul.
To spend my days wisely
in all that I do
caring and loving
and living
for You.
~Author Unknown~

~ I Hope You Dance ~

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you emptyhanded
I hope you still feel small when you stand by the ocean
Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens
Promise me you'll give fate a fighting chance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance
I hope you dance
I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Living might mean taking chances but they're worth taking
Loving might be a mistake but it's worth making
Don't let some hell bent heart leave you bitter
When you come close to selling out reconsider
Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance (Time is a real and constant motion always)
I hope you dance (Rolling you along)
I hope you dance (Tell me who)
I hope you dance (Wants to look back on their youth and wonder)
(Where those years have gone)
I hope you still feel small when you stand by the ocean
Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens
Promise me you'll give fate a fighting chance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
DANCE
I hope you dance
I hope you dance

~ Lee Ann Womack ~