A Starfish Story - Making a Difference To Just One

Real Estate Agent with LakeView Realty Enterprises, Inc DRE 01235311

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..." I made a difference for that one. "


A Starfish Story Volunteering in Your Community


We can all make a difference when we choose kindness, a hand up, a smile, a wink, a nod, and something as simple as holding a door open for someone. We can get out into our communities and help our neighbors. We can check on them and see if they need anything. We can volunteer in shelters, in schools, in nursing homes. Lake Arrowhead is always looking for help and volunteers in our community. We can foster children and pets. We don't have to spend a lot of money, our time is so valuable. While we cannot make a difference to everyone, even if we just make a difference to ONE. It only takes one, one who will then remember the kindness, pay it forward and pass it on. 

This Christmas season and all the year through, let us remember that kindness is what can bring someone through a storm you have no idea they are going through. Kindness can turn a really bad day into a good one. Kindness can save a persons life when they don't feel their worth or contribution to society and themselves. Kindness creates more kindness. 

Be the little boy. Have the heart and innocence of a young child when they truly believe, in their hearts, every single thing they do can and will make a difference - because it generally does!


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Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Kat, what a beautiful story about making a difference and about kindness. I will re-blog.

Dec 21, 2019 09:06 AM #1
Keith McMullin
Port Aransas Realty - Port Aransas, TX
Port Aransas Real Estate

Thank you for sharing Kat DeLong That is wonderful story and example.  Merry Christmas!

Dec 21, 2019 09:08 AM #2
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good afternoon Kat. This is very special and it does touch me. Wonderful post.

Dec 21, 2019 10:46 AM #3
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Kat - an excellent message. 

Hello Carol Williams - a SCS Second Chance Saturday post submission.   

Dec 21, 2019 11:20 AM #4
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Kat,
This is the perfect holiday reminder! Thanks for sharing. 

Have a Merry Christmas!

Dec 21, 2019 11:33 AM #5
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Loved your post, and its message of selflessness.

Dec 21, 2019 01:28 PM #6
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Kat DeLong wow..... what a great post.... and that little boy was right.... every gesture makes a difference to someone....somewhere.....

Dec 28, 2019 05:30 AM #7
Brenda J. Andrew
Professional Realtor in Corpus Christi, TX

Good morning Kat, I love this story. It is one that I can hear over and over again and constantly I need that reminder. Thank you for sharing and what a beautiful time of year to do so.

Dec 28, 2019 05:59 AM #8
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I love this post, and it's so true. We cannot help everyone but we can be helpful to some.

Dec 28, 2019 06:01 AM #9
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

And there are dozens of starfish thinking:

"Dammit... do you know how many weeks it took me to make my way to the beach?"

Dec 28, 2019 06:23 AM #12
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I love this sweet story, Kat. We can make a difference, even if it's just a little at a time.  And if we all chose to make a difference,  that would send out a pretty wide ripple.  

Dec 28, 2019 07:39 AM #13
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Kat,

Good idea. Let's get back to pleasantly boring and being nice to our neighbors.

Dec 28, 2019 08:15 AM #14
Kat DeLong
LakeView Realty Enterprises, Inc - Lake Arrowhead, CA
Realtor DRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate (

Yes yes yes!

Dec 28, 2019 10:57 AM #15
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

There was a difference made in that one starfish. Good reminder. Thanks for sharing.

Dec 28, 2019 12:05 PM #18
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Fabulous post!! Thanks very much.  If we all can make a difference in a positive way, we could solve a lot of problems.  

Dec 29, 2019 04:13 AM #21
Anna Banana Kruchten Broker/Owner, CRB, CRS
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Kat one of my favorite little stories.  Did you happen to go to PSI?  They've been saying this story for as long as I can remember.

Dec 29, 2019 02:07 PM #22
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, love the story and your sentiment expresses my feelings exactly, Kat! I hope you're doing well and wish you a wonderful New Year!

Dec 30, 2019 02:36 PM #23
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