April 23 – touching

April 23, 2019 =========

☆  touching  感動的な


If something is touching, it is moving, and causes feelings of sadness or sympathy. Although a touching story or event, may cause feelings of sadness, this often results in positive feelings or in feelings of motivation. In fact, stories are often told in exactly this way – making them especially poignant or touching – so that we can learn life lessons from them.

A classic example, is the starfish story, which is the short story adapted from the original essay, The Star Thrower. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Star_Thrower
In the story, the boy is throwing starfish back into the sea, to help them survive. An old man walking past said it would make no difference, as there were thousands of starfish washed up on the sand. The young boy picked up one starfish, and threw it back into the sea, and said to the old man, “I made a difference to that one.”

This touching story reminds us that our little actions can make a difference. Is this story also well-known in Japan?