The Fable of the Tortoise and the Hare.
The fable is about running a race and not giving up despite being minimized, marginalized, dismissed and discounted.
In the fable, the tortoise challenges the hare to a race. The story goes on to share how the hare scoffs at the tortoise’s challenge. The hare, because of his “superior speed” thought he would surely beat the tortoise.
The hare’s arrogance — by what he said and did – minimized, marginalized and discounted the possibility that the tortoise could run and even win the race.
As the fable comes to a close, we find that the tortoise is actually waiting for the hare at the finish line.
The line written at the base of the fable denotes the meaning of the story.
Slow and Steady Wins the Race
Although the hare was much quicker than the tortoise, because the tortoise stayed committed to running his race, the tortoise went on to finish and even win the race.
In life, you may feel like the tortoise in the fable. Like the tortoise, you may have people in your life who behave like the hare.
Hares who seek to discount who you are as an individual and in your ability to participate in any race.
You; like the tortoise, may find that there are hares in your life, who by what they say and do dismiss your ability to run in, much less win your race.
You; like the tortoise, may have hares in your life who by what they say and do discourage you from running in your race.
To that I would say. No worries. Be like the tortoise and determine to run your race. Be like the tortoise and be who you are my friend. Be like the tortoise and go about your business. Stay committed to your mission and vision.
No one else can run or compete in the race of our lives.
Only you and I can run and compete in the race of our lives.
What Needs to Be Remembered
In our race we are not in competition with anyone.
We are Fully Empowered to Run Our Own Race
Run Your Own Race
And as the tortoise found, you will finish and win your race.
And as you Run your Race, Remember
Slow and Steady Wins the Race
In the Process and by Staying Committed to Running and Finishing Our Race, We will Achieve Our Dreams
“If you advance confidently in the direction of your dreams and endeavor to live the life you have imagine… you will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” Henry David Thoreau
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Theodore Roosevelt
“Regardless of your lot in life, you can build something beautiful on it.” Zig Ziglar
“Insist on yourself, never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life’s cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another you only have an extemporaneous half-possession…Do that which is assigned to you and you can not hope too much or dare too much.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
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