Dear Starfish Diaries

The Starfish Story

You may have heard the story a thousand times.  You may have no idea what I’m talking about.  Either way, here’s the starfish scoop.

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Simple and sweet, this story changed my outlook on life about 6 years ago.  My anxiety over being everything to everyone lessened, and I found myself more focused on helping one person, one animal, one cause- at a time.  I felt less helpless and more powerful- I had the ability to make a difference once I gave myself permission to accept that I’m one person and can do only so much with 2 hands at a time.  Those 2 hands can do a lot when they aren’t trying to juggle!

The part of the puzzle I missed, however, is that sometimes I am the starfish.  You know the expression, “you can’t pour from an empty cup?”  I didn’t, until recently.  I can’t make a difference to anyone unless I’ve taken care of myself.

I’m so excited about what’s to come- I’m putting my life together one puzzle piece at a time, working on making self care a priority so I can keep throwing starfish back into the ocean.

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