MBC’s motto: “Make a difference!”

Making a Difference

While walking along a beach, a man saw someone in the distance moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself to think of someone who would dance to the day. So he began to walk faster to catch up. As he got closer, he saw it was a young woman and the young woman wasn’t dancing, but instead she was reaching down to the shore, picking up something and very gently throwing it into the ocean.

The man came closer still and called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”

The young woman paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”

The man smiled, and said, “I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?”

To this, the young woman replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”

Upon hearing this, the man commented, “But, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”

The young woman listened politely. Then she bent down, picked up another starfish, threw it back into the ocean past the breaking waves and said, “It made a difference for that one.” ∼ Adapted from The Star Thrower, by Loren Eisely (1907-1077)

At MBC we understand that we hold in our hands the power to change a life, a mind or a circumstance. While we may not be able to change the world, we will positively influence a small part and make a difference to someone every day!

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