"When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful and you will accomplish your object."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
19th Century American Writer
The Story of the Sand Dollar ~ Making a Difference
An old man was strolling along a beach one day. In the distance he saw a young boy and girl reach down, pick something up and throw it back into the sea.
Drawing nearer, he saw that the sand was littered with thousands of small stranded sand dollars. The children were patiently picking them up, one at a time, and returning them to safety below the water.
"What are you doing?" he asked.
"Saving sand dollars," replied the children as they continued about the job at hand.
The old man, somewhat jaded by age, thought the children's actions were futile.
"But the beach is littered with dying sand dollars. What possible difference can you make by doing this?"
The young girl bent over, picked up another, and threw it with all her might. With a plop the sand dollar sank safely below the water. Then, turning to the old man, she said with all the wisdom of a child:
"I made a difference for that one."