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May 20, 2021 - Slow and Steady

A Hare was making fun of the Tortoise one day for being so slow.
"Do you ever get anywhere?" he asked with a mocking laugh.
"Yes," replied the Tortoise, "and I get there sooner than you think. I'll run you a race and prove it."
The Hare was much amused at the idea of running a race with the Tortoise, but for the fun of the thing he agreed. So the Fox, who had consented to act as judge, marked the distance and started the runners off.
The Hare was soon far out of sight, and to make the Tortoise feel very deeply how ridiculous it was for him to try a race with a Hare, he lay down beside the course to take a nap until the Tortoise should catch up.
The Tortoise meanwhile kept going slowly but steadily, and, after a time, passed the place where the Hare was sleeping. But the Hare slept on very peacefully; and when at last he did wake up, the Tortoise was near the goal. The Hare now ran his swiftest, but he could not overtake the Tortoise in time.

Aesop's Fable, The Tortoise and the Hare

In today's world of instant gratification, we expect results immediately. We often go looking for the quickest route between point A and point B, which is a straight line, but it isn't always the best or safest way up. We hate waiting, at least I do. I tend to be like the Hare instead of the Tortoise. I want results now.

But sometimes a straight line isn't always the easiest either. Sometimes we have to follow the trail uphill which is full of switchbacks. Eventually, as we keep moving forward, as we endure, we will reach our destination.

So, remember, the "straight and narrow" path is full of switchbacks and it is better to follow those back and forth as we make our way uphill. Often times, that hill is way too steep and if we tried to climb it, we can get overwhelmed and tired too quickly, and potentially give up, or falling to our death. It's just not prudent. As Elder Holland once said, just hold on to what you know is true and don't pay attention to anything else (paraphrasing). And keep moving forward.

My situation has forced me to slow down in life, which is a tremendous blessing, allowing me to smell the proverbial roses and appreciate more. I just need to keep moving forward.

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