I’ve always had problems accomplishing things as quickly as others. For example, when the teacher said, “After you finish the test, you may turn in your paper and leave,” I was usually one of the last to leave, though I worked as quickly as I could.
Aesop’s story “The Hare and the Tortoise” (see previous post) has taught me a lot about speed. With all due respect to Mr. Aesop, though, I’d have listed the tortoise first in the title. After all, not only did the tortoise finish first, he was the winner in common sense values as well.
Some days, in my struggle to see, I feel I can’t even keep pace with the tortoise. But if I can keep pace with the values I learned from him, that will be enough. Here are some things I’ve learned from the tortoise:
- We can only reach the right finish line if our priorities are right.
- We need to set reasonable goals that match our abilities.
- We should never measure ourselves by the hare.
- Chasing rabbits will only lead us astray.
- Everyone can do his or her best.
- It’s not how fast you make it to the finish line, it’s that you are fair and faithful in the journey.
- It’s okay to whilstle a tune and enjoy the scenery along the way — I’ll bet the tortoise did!
- When we cross our final finish line someday, we will all be judged by the One who set the course.
Photo credit: Sarah Avayou