There’s an old story about a man who notices a young girl picking up starfish from the beach and tossing them back into the sea. A storm had washed thousands of them upon the shore, and he asked the girl why she bothered. After all, he explained, what difference would it make? They’d simply be washed up again in the next storm.
“It makes a difference to this one,” the girl replied, tossing the starfish back into the water.