The Starfish Story
by Loren Eiseley 
 
 One day a man was walking along the beach after a storm when he noticed a young boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.
Approaching the boy he asked, "What are you doing?"
The young man replied, "Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them back, they'll die."
"Son," the man replied, "don't you know there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? It's not going to matter!"
Listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish and gently tossed it back into the surf.
Then he turned and smiled at the man and said, "It matters to that one!"