The Tortoise and the Hare

While there are many interpretations of this Aesop fable story, it is a wise old tale that we all grew up to…

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.

There is a famous children’s story of the “Tortoise and the Hare”.  It is a little fable that gives us a key to life.  We can jog our memory of a race where a tortoise takes up the challenge of the hare.  The tortoise goes slow and steady, while the hare ran fast.  While the hare rests on a tree, the tortoise wins the race.  We could jump in the shoes of the tortoise and the hare.  We need to approach life in a slow and steady fashion, or else life just goes by beyond comprehension.  Do not let what we do tire us out.  Instead really define the words slow and steady in perspective.  Slow is just like warming up without rushing into things.  Steady is a good rhythmic approach, thus helps to make a smooth transition into what you are trying to do.  Thus, the slow and steady approach connects!

Slow but steady wins the race. – Aesop

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