The Turtles

07/10/2012

 
A turtle family decided to go on a picnic. Turtles, being naturally slow 
about things, took seven years to prepare for their outing. Finally the 
turtle family left home looking for a suitable place for their outing. 

During the second year of their journey they found a place ideal for them at 
last! For about six months they cleaned up the area, unpacked the picnic 
basket, and completed the arrangements. Then they discovered they had 
forgotten the salt. A picnic without salt would be a disaster, they all 
agreed. 

After a lengthy discussion, the youngest 
turtle was chosen to retrieve the salt from home. Although he was the 
fastest of the slow-moving turtles, the little turtle whined, cried, and 
wobbled in his shell. 

He agreed to go on one condition: that no one would eat until he returned. 
The family consented and the little turtle left. Three years passed and the 
little turtle had not returned. Five years...six years... then on the 
seventh year of his absence, the oldest turtle could no longer contain his 
hunger. He announced that he was going to eat and begun to unwrap a 
sandwich. At that point the 
little turtle suddenly popped out from behind a tree shouting, "SEE! I knew 
you wouldn't wait. Now I am not going to go get the salt." 

Some of us waste our time waiting for people to live up to our expectations. 
We lose track of what's the most important thing in our lives. We are so 
concerned about what others are doing that we don't do anything ourselves. 
 


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