Once upon a time, an old man was walking down a beach when he noticed a little boy throwing something in the sea. He walked up to the boy and inquired, “My dear son, what are you doing here so early in the morning?” without stopping to look at the old man, the boy replied, “Hello sir, I am throwing these jellyfish back in the sea. A bunch of them washed up on the shore last night, they will surely die if the sun comes up and they are not in the water so, I am trying to put them all back in the sea.”
The old man smiled at the folly of the little boy. He looked at the number of jellyfish and reasoned, “But this is absurd, there are hundreds of jellyfish here, you possibly cannot throw all of them in water before the sunrise. You might as well give up because it won’t make a difference!”
“But it does make a difference to this one!” replied the boy, as he threw another jellyfish in the water. “And this one too!” he said, as he continued to work tirelessly while the old man watched in amazement.
Finally, the old man saw the point and decided to help the boy. He sat down with him and silently started to throw jellyfish into the sea. A few minutes later a group of by passers noticed them and walked over to inquire what they were doing.
“We are putting the jellyfish back in the water before the sun comes up,” explained the old man, “would you like to help us?” The by passers agreed to help and joined them to throw the jellyfish. The devotion of the little boy seemed to resonate through the whole group and soon the jellyfish started clearing up from the shore.
Minutes before the sun came out; they have thrown the very last jellyfish into the sea. The group rejoiced in celebration. Their efforts had paid off! Because of the devotion of the little boy, they have achieved something that seemed impossible to the old man. No matter how small, but together they were able to make a difference!
The story of the little boy teaches us an important lesson about life. We learn two things; first, nothing is impossible if you are fully devoted because devotion and productivity go hand-in-hand. Second, you can achieve anything if you are willing to consistently work for it.
The moral of the story… is simply that the key to happiness and success is devotion. You will have to work tirelessly for whatever you want to achieve in life but in the end, your hard work and devotion will definitely pay off. Life is never simple but whatever is worth having is worth fighting for so work hard and stay committed to your dreams because even God helps those who help themselves!
A Selection of Devotion Quotes
“I could not tell you if I loved you the first moment I saw you, or if it was the second or third or fourth. But I remember the first moment I looked at you walking toward me and realized that somehow the rest of the world seemed to vanish when I was with you.” ~ Cassandra Clare
“In this part of the story I am the one who dies, the only one, and I will die of love because I love you, because I love you, Love, in fire and in blood.” ~ Pablo Neruda
“How far should a person go in the name of true love?” ~ Nicholas Sparks
“I’m gonna fight for you, until your heart stops beating.” ~ Stephenie Meyer“There is nothing on earth more beautiful to me than your smile…no sound sweeter than your laughter…no pleasure greater than holding you in my arms. I realized today that I could never live without you, stubborn little hellion that you are. In this life and the next, you’re my only hope of happiness. Tell me, Lillian, dearest love…how can you have reached so far inside my heart?” ~
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