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Making a difference to just one person is so important. It may be the only thing that is important. There are so many people or events that can be commemorated with this necklace -- a volunteer, a nurse, foster mother, social worker, adoptive "gotcha" day, or anyone who has made a difference in your life. I've hand stamped "It Matters to This One" on the one-inch washer. The starfish is pewter, made in the USA.
The starfish metaphor in jewelry was inspired by this story excerpt:
"While wandering a deserted beach at dawn, stagnant in my work, I saw a man in the distance bending and throwing as he walked the endless stretch toward me. As he came near, I could see that he was throwing starfish, abandoned on the sand by the tide, back into the sea. When he was close enough I asked him why he was working so hard at this strange task. He said that the sun would dry the starfish and they would die. I said to him that I thought he was foolish. there were thousands of starfish on miles and miles of beach. One man alone could never make a difference. He smiled as he picked up the next starfish. Hurling it far into the sea he said, "It makes a difference for this one." I abandoned my writing and spent the morning throwing starfish." ~Loren Eisley, The Star Thrower (1978)
But St. Augustine knew this fifteen hundred years before: "Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention to those who, by accidents of time, or place, or circumstance, are brought into closer connection with you." ~Augustine of Hippo (354 – 430)