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One at a Time
Teens -- 1703




One at a Time


by Jack Canfield and Mark V. Hansen




As our friend walked along, he began to see another man in the distance. As he went nearer, he noticed that the local native kept picking things up and throwing them out into the water.

As our friend approached even closer, he noticed that the man was picking up 1)starfish that had been washed up on the beach, and one at a time, he was throwing them back into the water.

Our friend was puzzled. He approached the man and said, “Good evening, friend. I was wondering what you are doing.”

“I’m throwing these starfish back into the ocean. You see, it’s low 2)tide right now and all of these starfish have been washed up onto the 3)shore. If I don’t throw them back into the sea, they’ll die up here from lack of 4)oxygen.”

“I understand,” my friend replied, “but there must be thousands of starfish on this beach. You can’t possibly get to all of them. There are simply too many. And don’t you realize this is probably happening on hundreds of beaches all up and down this coast. Can’t you see that you can’t possibly make a difference?”

The local native smiled, bent down and picked up yet another starfish, and as he threw it back into the sea, he replied, “Made a difference to that one!”












walk along 散步,向前走

in the distance 在远处

wash up 将……冲上岸

die from 死于……

lack of 缺乏……

get to 接触到

up and down 到处

make a difference 有(重要)作用,有影响

bend down 蹲下,弯腰

yet another 另一,又一




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