Slow and Steady…
When you hear people say ‘slow and steady’, what immediately comes to
mind is the story of ‘the tortoise and the hare‘. I know this because
its what happens with me, I’ve read and listened to this story over
and over again so much so that it is stuck to the closet of my mind.
I was reminded of that story this morning while heading for work, we
drove past a lady who must have been driving at the speed of less than
60km/hr, I watched as several cars, even ours drove past her yet she
was unperturbed and focused, within a short distance, all the vehicles
that drove past her were held up and she just came along steadily and
peacefully through that temporary stop past everyone else. I could
have sworn that I saw a smug expression on her face and in my mind I
could almost hear her say ‘duh!’ with an attitude. Now that was a
really classic case of winning life’s race slowly yet steadily.
During my morning power hour, I listened to a great motivational
speaker talking about periods of ‘aloneness’ where we get to meditate
and decide for ourselves where we’re headed in life, the moment where
nothing or no one else matters, where it doesn’t matter who has gone
ahead of you in life or how far gone they seem to have been.
Just like life is a journey we all embarked upon from birth, I found
that some of us have decided to ‘run’ through as though our life
depended on the speed while some others have learnt early enough that
‘when’ isn’t the most important question as is the ‘if at all’ you get
there so they choose to take life one step at a time, as long as they
I ran, compared notes and level of success with peers, family,
colleagues at all and from experience can say categorically that it
can only end in misery and frustration.
A very wise saying was brought to my attention by my dear mentor, it
goes thus ‘comparison is the thief of joy’. Life is too short to be
lived in misery so quit the comparism game, life isn’t a competition
and even if it were, always remember that ‘slow and steady wins the