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Metaphors for NLP & Teaching

42. Starfish

An old man walking along a beach at dawn noticed a young man ahead of him picking up starfish and flinging them into the sea. Catching up with the youth he asked what he was doing. ""The starfish will die if they are still on the beach when the sun roasts them with its mid-morning heat,"" came the answer. ""But the beach goes on for miles, and there are millions of starfish,"" countered the old man. ""How can your effort make any difference?"" The young man looked at the starfish in his hand and threw it safely in the waves. ""It makes a difference to this one,"" he said.
Main Uses: : Reframing, Values, If you want to change something, take action
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Submitted By: Brian Cullen
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  1. Sarah

    Hello Dr. Cullen,

    What a great list of metaphors! Thank you for creating this great resource for people to use freely. I was wondering if there would be any way to have each metaphor page set up with a link that says "printable version", or something similar, allowing for easy printing of a particular metaphor?

    Thanks again for setting this up. It is a really useful resource not only for me, but for my students as well.

    All the best to you,

    SJ Marubay

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