The Thoughtful Tortoise

The Thoughtful Tortoise


Slow and steady wins the race…

How many times have you heard this little nugget over the years?  When I was younger, I thought this was a ridiculous saying and wasn’t even sure how anyone could possibly think that winning could be done by any other means than quickly.  When your life kind of revolves around blocks of time (school day, practice, homework, sleep), there isn’t much else that you think about except hurrying to the next step.  In fact, you can’t wait to cross that invisible finish line in your head because that means that you can do what you want now.  Did you ever think like that?

It’s not till you have a few more years under your belt and start to look back at what your life was and now is that you take stock and realize that you didn’t take the time when you were younger, you shouldn’t have been in such a rush.

Our whole world is about what’s next?  It’s about that quick satisfaction of pushing a button and filling our desires.  We are rushing from place to place, hardly paying attention to what’s around us because we are so focused on “next.”

I’m going to ask you for a favor today – is that alright?  If not, that’s ok but if you wouldn’t mind, I’d love for my readers to take this moment, take this breath…let’s slow things down.  Just for a moment.  It’s Saturday after all.  I promise I won’t tell anyone…just breathe.  Look around.  What is it that you haven’t seen before?


6 thoughts on “The Thoughtful Tortoise

  1. It was so nice to be on a cruise and off Facebook, texts, emails no phone or news. Just to be able to enjoy the moment and relax focus on all the people and things I’m grateful for.

  2. When Meghan and I went on our honeymoon, we were completely disconnected for eight days. We didn’t have internet, didn’t use the TV, and didn’t use our phones. It was so relaxing. Granted, we probably could’ve come back after six days and been fine, but it was nice to disconnect.

  3. “Slow and steady wins the race…” is a great way to look at editing/revising the current WIP. Rushing around usually works while writing the first draft, but for clarity and all that the opening phrase here really applies. Good luck with the rest of the AtoZchallenge.

    1. It really is; which is why I think many craft books and such will tell you when are finished with your first draft, put it away for a few weeks so when you come back to edit it will be with “fresh eyes.” 🙂

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