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The Amazing Starfish aka Sea Star

Dear Sojourner

The Starfish or Sea Star is a highly unique, intricate, and amazing creature found in salt water and in many shapes, sizes, and colours. More than 2,000 species worldwide live in environments from tropical habitats to great depths of the seafloor.

Sea Stars are survivors and are capable of regeneration. Beyond their typical symmetrical ‘star’ shape with five arms, some species have ten, twenty, even forty arms (called Sun Stars). To survive a predator, they will shed a limb or even a large portion of their body, yet have an incredible capacity to regenerate limbs, and sometimes, entire bodies.

Starfish or sea stars, their characteristics, and the myriad of life metaphors and applications have resulted in the subject of stories, legends, poems, and parables. From the famous 1972 essay, The Star Thrower, reflecting on the interconnectedness of humanity and the universe, to the Australian Aborigine folklore, to the famous, though oft altered, story of the person on the beach taking the time to return the beached starfish to the sea, humanity has taken notice of this incredible creature.

I chose the starfish as a theme for my coaching and counselling practice because these principles best align with my passion, purpose, and worldview - a world where Every One Counts. I believe individuals from all walks of life, cultures, and climates, are uniquely and wonderfully made, and that they are precious, and have a purpose. I also believe in the capacity for people to survive, even regenerate, when life wounds us. I believe in and have lived my life like the person on the beach who notices those in need and desires to gently throw the starfish back into the water because it can make a difference - even for just one.

To me, you matter. In my world, you count. I want you to know there is promise of a hope and a future. I believe you deserve to have someone in your corner to walk with you through life's challenges, losses, and transitions. So reach out, with whatever limb you have left to reach out with, I’d like to help. Hope and a new life await.

In your corner,

Melanie Hart
Certified Executive Coach & Counsellor