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It Made a Difference to that One

It Made a Difference to that One

The Powerful Paragraph

The starfish story, adapted from The Star Thrower by Loren Eiseley, is one of my absolute favorite anecdotes. It goes something like this: The morning after a large tropical storm, an elderly man took his daily morning walk to the ocean. As he approached the beach, he noticed the sand was littered with starfish. He estimated that thousands of starfish had washed up on shore during the storm. As he continued on his walk, he noticed a young girl in the distance. Every few feet, she would bend down, pick up a starfish, and gently throw it into the water. 

When the old man reached the young girl, he said, “Why are you throwing these starfish back into the ocean?”

The young girl replied, “When the sun comes up and the tide goes out, these starfish will die if I don’t throw them back in.”

“Well, there has to be thousands of starfish on the beach,” the old man said. “Probably more. You cannot possibly make a difference.” 

The young girl bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. “It made a difference to that one.”

The Powerful Question to Ponder

How can you make a difference in someone’s life this week?

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About Powerful Paragraphs

Designed to mimic coaching questions.

  • Four or five sentences to give a little context and an open-ended question.
  • Start your day with a little boost of inspiration and insight.

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Graduate Stories: Kimberly Zimmerman Rand

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March 11, 2024

Kimberly Zimmerman Rand is passionate about people living their best lives through household finance. As a consultant, trainer, coach, and Principal at Dragonfly Financial Solutions LLC, she engages her talents to help others deepen their knowledge, develop their skills, and become more confident in their relationship with money. For over 25 years Kimberly has been providing services to professionals and consumers on both live and online platforms. Her superpower is bringing clarity to complex personal finance topics and inspiring people to do great things. Kimberly is an Accredited Financial Counselor® and Professional Certified Essential Life Coach from Coach Training EDU. She is also a Credit as an Asset Master Trainer and a HUD Certified Housing Counselor. Kimberly holds a Master of Social Work in Social and Economic Development and Nonprofit Management from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Colby College.

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