An old man was walking along the beach,
when he came upon a part of the sand where thousands of starfish had washed ashore.
A little further down the beach he saw a young woman,
who was picking up the starfish one at a time and tossing them back into the ocean.
"Oh you silly girl," he exclaimed.
"You can't possibly save all of these starfish. There's too many.
" The woman smiled and said, "I know. But I can save this one, " and she tossed another into the ocean, "and this one", toss, "and this one..."