Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Slow & Steady...

Do you remember Aesop's fable of the Tortoise and the Hare? The little Tortoise ended up beating the Hare by going "slow and steady", while the Hare, was so full of himself, after all he was the fast Hare, while the Tortoise was, well, the slow Tortoise. The Hare goofed off, ran about, and sure enough, lose the race to the Tortoise that kept on task, slowly but surely winning.
Life can imitate this. How many times do we see it happen?

I chuckle every time I see this sign. Yep, it's a real speed sign. There are several around the Senior Community that my Aunt Nancy is living in.

It reminds me also of my Bestie Sheri's Mom. When we were young she told us, "Don't cross the street unless you are sure you have enough time to fall down & pick yourself back up!" I am 47 yrs old & I still think of this...every time I cross a street. And I work Downtown & cross streets (Busy ones) every day. I drive my co-workers crazy with it.

I know the speed sign is to remind us that we are in a neighborhood full of Oldies, and we really need to slow down and pay attention. The Oldies are everywhere here. But it also reminds me to do this with life in general. Slow down. Life is more enjoyable when we approach it slowly and steady, then trying to race through with too much on our plates to really appreciate what we have.

7 comments:

An English Shepherd said...

What a great sign :-)

Wizz

Lori ann said...

good advice Janis! and that sign is so funny, who would think of that speed, 14mph? i'm not sure i could manage!

JC said...

I like slow ... I think I was born to wonder slowly ... always looking and observing.

Linda said...

Oh my goodness, Janis, is this EVER appropriate for me today - I really got fed up with another driver on the road this morning - sometimes it just kills me, these people who are always rushing to the point of ridiculous....I mean, there are times I've been in a hurry, but most of the time I'm cruising along taking in the sights. I see the same people every day always rushing on the same route to work. I have advice for them: leave earlier. Slow down. It isn't an emergency. Life happens fast enough, and I believe as Ferris once said - "Life moves pretty fast. You don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."

Thanks for a great post!! :)

Anonymous said...

HAHA...I loved the sign and most funny was the advice from Sheri's mom. Pretty hillarious!

Anonymous said...

HAHA...I loved the sign and most funny was the advice from Sheri's mom. Pretty hillarious!
Love
Barinder

Bridgette said...

Janis I LOVE YOU....that website you sent me to was AWESOME! That is exactly how I feel! :)