Becoming ‘throwers of starfish’

I am surrounded with friends and family who do not share the same passion of green and organic living as me. I tell you, it can be very difficult to be able to live your way as others are either trying to question your thinking or justifying their actions.

Often the question get raised, what can a single person do? Or what difference it will make?

It’s not an easy conversation especially when people have preconceived minds.

I feel so blessed that I am raising the kids who share my passion towards the happier and healthier world. A few days back my daughter got a lovely gift for me and she told me “mommy thanks for making us the throwers of starfish.” I wondered what it meant.

When I opened the gift, it was a beautiful story titled “Starfish.”

I was so touched with the story. It’s a beautiful read so I thought of sharing with you all:

A man saw a boy throwing starfish into the ocean, he asked the boy why he was doing this and the boy said, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”

The man looked at the miles and miles of beach and saw starfish everywhere. “You just saved one starfish. You can never save them all. What difference will it make?”

The boy picked up another starfish and threw it in. He smiled and said, “It made a difference to that one.”

As we become throwers of starfish, we too have the power to change the world.

This month’s art project is also inspired by this story.

For this project what you will need

Cardstock

Pencil

Scissors

Glue

Paints or markers

Paintbrush

Draw starfish on cardstock. Cut using scissors. Dip paintbrush in paints and dab it gently on the paper for polka dot impressions. Write the story or print for the base. When dry, stick starfishes using glue to the base.

Be colorful, joyful and the change you wish to see in the world!

Shikha Pasrija has a passion for art. She has organized several successful art workshops which have been immensely popular both with kids and their families. Follow her blog colormehappyworkshop.blogspot.com/ or e-mail her at colormehappyworkshop@gmail.com