Remember the old, old, old tale. The turtle challenged the rabbit (of course it may have been called a hare) to a race because he was so tired of hearing the rabbit brag about how fast he was. So the rabbit took off, ran a great part of the race and then decided to take a short nap to literally rest on his laurels. The noise of the animals cheering for the tortoise woke up the hare who ran to the finish line, but the turtle had already crossed and won.
Lesson: Slow and steady can beat fast and inconsistent.
Many longer versions talk about the rabbit annoying all the animals by his bragging about his speed. Finally, totally disgusted the tortoise challenged the hare to a race.
Lesson: Pride goeth before a fall.
Another version suggests that after the race the turtle tells the rabbit that their friendship is more important than winning a silly race. And they are best friends, BFF, forever.
Lesson: Of course, the rabbit does not believe that because WINNING is everything!
So not everything in life is always black and white or absolutely the opposite.
And YET . . .
Are you usually an early person?
Are you usually a late person?
Do you measure that time in minutes?
Do you cut it down to the very last second?
Is it a familial trait?
Is it a learned behavior?
What’s the degree of annoyance when timelines aren’t met?
When does “time’ matter enough to be “on time?
Does your timeliness depend on the situation?
When is it okay to be late?
When is it a good time to be early?
How do you know?
What social cues tip you off?
How do our beliefs about time impact others?
When do others have to “wait” for us?
How do our beliefs about “late” impact others?
When do your “time issues” become an issue for those around you?
Does time really matter?
(Just for you, DS!)
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This format and idea came from Jackie’s “SOLS: Seven Days, Seven Lessons” as shared in Betsey’s call for slices today.
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Here are the eleven lessons that I have learned from sharing my life with you daily this month in the March Slice of Life Story Challenge:
1. Writing is joyous. The pride from pushing that “publish” button overwhelms my fears and doubts about whether my writing or the topic is “worthy” of readers.
2. Writing is meant to be shared. Retweets on Twitter and comments on posts continue the conversations that begin here. Thank you, my friends, as we continue this journey together.
3. Writing formats make me more comfortable. Having a framework makes it easier to begin (fewer false starts, but yet allows for personal choices, and helps me write longer and stronger. I am a pattern seeker.
4. Writing regularly, at the same time of day (on a kind of schedule) is helpful for me. I build that time in to my routine, I make that time fit, I stretch that time when needed and I can bend time into my friend instead of my enemy with a need to “Hurry up” and “Rush, Rush, Rush”>
5. Writing poetry or informational pieces are still the most comfortable for me. I wonder if that goes back to format?
6. Writing is a learning time. Some days I’m writing about what I am learning; other days I am sharing lessons learned and from that “sharing” comes continued learning.
7. Writing is reading . . . reading the daily call for slices, the slices, and the slicers.
8. Writing is community. The support and friendships from slicers who take shape first as words, pictures, and posts before bloggers become face to face friends.
9.Writing is sifting through ideas . . . determining importance . . . I have a long list that is still a list . . . patiently waiting, not yet brought to life.
10. Writing daily is a great habit to build. It’s mentally challenging but doable and actually a great confidence builder.
11. Writing is fun. 🙂 Thinking of the reader’s reactions to my post . . . priceless!