Perhaps you've come across the following story:
A man was walking along a deserted beach at sunset. As he walked he could see a young boy in the distance, as he drew nearer he noticed that the boy kept bending down, picking something up and throwing it into the water. Time and again he kept hurling things into the ocean. As the man approached even closer, he was able to see that the boy was picking up starfish that had been washed up on the beach and, one at a time he was throwing them back into the water.
The man asked the boy what he was doing, the boy replied,"I am throwing these washed up starfish back into the ocean, or else they will die through lack of oxygen. "But", said the man, "You can't possibly save them all, there are thousands on this beach, and this must be happening on hundreds of beaches along the coast. You can't possibly make a difference." The boy looked down, frowning for a moment; then bent down to pick up another starfish, smiling as he threw it back into the sea. He replied, "I made a huge difference to that one!"
Perhaps since I am a life coach that I dwell upon my purpose more than others. Sometimes I lose sight of my purpose as I get lost in the day to day activities, the hustle and bustle of life. But when I heard this story a few weeks ago, I couldn't help but think of how one person's life can and does impact another's. It reminded me of a movie I happen to be fond of: "It's a Wonderful Life." I choose to see our lives as interconnected and I know that by supporting and being with my family, friends, and clients, that I do make a difference. I might not know or clearly see how I impact people. Maybe you don't either. Or maybe you do. In any case, I encourage you to BE and live your life based upon your core qualities, then to act from those, and then see what you create for your life. Just know that you matter and that you can have a positive influence on those around you.