To all our readers and followers over the past three years,
TheOUTfront began in response to the 2016 Presidential Election and the impending peril which lie ahead for our Community and country. What has transpired has surpassed even our darkest imagination and continues to do so, but every day we hear the words of Harvey Milk.
TheOUTfront tries to be a candle in the darkness we’re all going through. We’re grateful for the wonderful contributors who have shared their insights and talents with us. Collaborating with others not only makes us better, but it gives everyone a sense of belonging, unity, and hope.
We may not be “one of the big boys,” but we believe everyone can make a difference to someone who needs it. We can, our reads can, anyone who wants to can. It’s a lesson learned from a story picked up years ago. While the time and place it was first heard has faded from memory the impact has only grown.
Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.
One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.
As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.
He came closer still and called out “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”
The young man paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”
“I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?” asked the somewhat startled wise man.
To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”
Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, “But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”
At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said,
“I made a difference for that one.”
Starfish Story By Loren Eiseley noted ecologist and poet
We’re gonna keep trying to make a difference. If everyone tries to make just a small difference with kindness, understanding, compassion, maybe we’ll not only get through the darkness together, we’ll get through it better.
Here’s a little luscious music for inspiration.
Again, thank you for reading, sharing, and being part of theOUTfront
Lawrence Pfeil, Jr.
Creator of theOUTfront and Crazy Ass Queen
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