Tuesday, April 05, 2016

The Tortoise and The Hare

The age old story... 

Tortoise was annoyed with the Hare cause he always got teased for speed. So he challenged Hare for a race. Hare felt the Tortoise is stupid to propose such a thing, but decides to do it anyway, just for fun. 

Race starts. Hare runs as fast as he could. He gets tired, looks back and sees Tortoise is not even in his periphery of vision. 'Ah well, I am going to win anyways. Why tire myself, let me rest for a bit.' And Hare rests and quickly falls a sleep. Tortoise in the mean time continues to tread the land with slow steady pace. He passes Hare on the way. But he doesn't rest or slow down a bit. He stops only after reaching the end line. In the mean time, Hare awakes and realizes what has happened. He tries to rectify his mistake. But it's too late. 
Moral of story: Slow but steady wins the race!

Now, why am I recalling this now? 
Cause  my current behaviour is a bit similar to the Hare with a slight difference. 
There is no Tortoise in the race... Making it difficult for me to see the losses, but they are losses never the less. 

Ok, lets try little less abstract this time. 
It's typical of me to start taking on a new task which is seemingly challenging. I would check and figure out all that I find is important or unknown. Half ground covered. Then, I look at the progress and tell myself ok, covered substantially, lets slow down,. Why tire myself. So then I start walking... And after walking what looks like half of remaining part I realize, oh shit, its not 1/4th that was left. I have miscalculated. I am still left with 1/2!!! 
I start jogging and running again. 
Well, sure you reach the goal, but panting phew phew phew...

But surely I could have done it better more comfortably without tiring myself,if I would have just jogged all the way. 

I don't need to be the Hare. I don't need to run super fast in beginning which makes me yearning to slow down later.
I don't need to be slow as The Tortoise from the beginning either. 
It's about finding that right balance of speed with steadiness. 
Most importantly, it's sheer unnecessary to count or judge what's remaining. It will get over, when it will get over. It's as simple as that. 

New moral out of the old story. 

Damn, just makes me realise I may now just look at all old stories to find new meanings :D
One at a time, one at a time !


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  2. Mast!!
    Keep on writing.. I enjoy your posts.. :)


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