I love Aesop and his many fables. The guy was wise. He was creative. As humans we all appreciate stories even if not all of us appreciate learning or applying the lessons. In today’s exciting blog post we will look at the classic story of the Hare and the Tortoise and hopefully learn something new. Let’s take an alternative (Garrett Stevens) look at a classic fable…
Why can’t the Hare get any love? I’m serious. Is it the rabbit’s fault he was born for speed?
I get the lesson of the story. Over the years I’ve learned that slow and steady can win “the race.” I am a huge fan of patient persistence especially when it’s intelligently directed toward a specific goal. But what about all the benefits of speed and explosiveness? How can we ignore the power of quickness and an explosive start?
I say let’s learn from both wonderful creatures and their strengths!
Part One: THE HARE
Yes, the Hare lost. He had a fantastic start to “the race.” The rabbit burst from the starting line like a bullet leaving the tortoise in a massive cloud of earth and dust. But we all know what happened down the road. The Hare got distracted. He got lazy. He was too comfortable in his abilities. Some might say the Hare even procrastinated during “the race.”
The Hare had an amazing start and some strong moments throughout “the race.” If he had kept his focus victory could have been his. “Could have been“…morose words. I pray we personally never have to think or dwell on words like those at the end of our lives.
What if we could combine the strengths of the Hare with the strengths of the Tortoise in our personal lives? We can! And we must. Here is why…
In today’s world of entertainment, online connectivity, and tomorrow’s future virtual reality it is extremely, extremely easy and getting ever easier to settle for a comfortable life and nothing more. With an almost immeasurable number of TV shows and websites one can quite literally waste half or more of one’s life watching someone else live instead of doing the living oneself! Think of that for a moment. Staggering. My point? The Hare was a great starter. He didn’t like to sit still. He possibly would have been diagnosed with ADHD if he had been a second-grade American boy from today’s era.
All action begins with a single step. “He who moves mountains begins by carrying away small stones.” For many people the starting line is scary. So many folks would prefer to simply watch others on TV and, from their couches, they stare ahead like zombies at other people’s starts, middles, and finishes. It’s so much safer that way. (Please don’t be condemned – I am as guilty of zombie watching and checking out of my own life as the next bloke). The hare raced forward with several steps. He took action.
We all could learn from the Hare. We only have so much time and if you really want to accomplish anything sometimes we need to throw caution to the wind (don’t hide in your shell) and just take off! Screw comfort – embrace quickness! Have confidence in yourself! Don’t over think everything – “Just DO It!” The Nike Company must be fans of the Hare…their slogan is total rabbit talk. Nike must also be tortoise fans as well (just look at their longevity and success thus far.)
I believe some people are more inclined to be Hares while others are more inclined to be Tortoises. Furthermore identifying this Who’s who could be a great opportunity in one’s personal life, marriage, career, et cetera to compliment and encourage each other and to help lend someone our specific strength where we sense a need.
Can you imagine how much the tortoises of the world would relish the amazing speed, outgoing nature, and carefree actions of the hare if they had them at their disposal? Can you imagine how much the hares across the planet could learn to appreciate the steady and persistent and reliable finishes of the tortoise?
Now let’s translate imagination into actual ACTION like a good Hare and explode forward with passion and energy. Beware distractions though and cultivate sharp focus.
(apply this action to your daily dog handling!)
Tune in next time as we examine the terrific and tremendous attributes of the Tortoise…TO BE CONTINUED…