The Tortoise and the Hare

 Wisely and slowly; they stumble that run fast.

― Hugh Howey

Like most people, I struggle with balancing all there is to get done. Having two small children means that some days I have to prioritize my priorities. Which is another way of saying some goals have to take a back burner to others, at times.

Life happens. And when you’re living a dynamic life—life happens a lot. Sometimes, time-management challenges present themselves as opportunities to sit with how we are treating ourselves. We are human beings after all, not “human doings.”

Personally, I do not want my life to amount to a bunch of tasks on a list. If I fall short of my own expectations for meeting a personal goal, the question always comes back around to whether I’m simply inquiring to understand why I am where I am, or if, in fact, I’m reacting from a place of judgment towards myself.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with shifting and adjusting the manner in which we are working towards getting things done. This is especially true if we find that we’re feeling drained or out of alignment in some respect.

On the flip side, if I’m berating myself or feeling anxious because I didn’t reach a goal, then I’m not really being thoughtful about the process or myself…I’m just fixated on getting something done. This is not the spirit I want to be motivated to action by.

I’ve come to recognize that a kinder and gentler approach to managing my goals nurtures my spirit, and by default, the lives of those around me. This may mean I don’t keep up with the pack in the manner that I use to. But in many respects, I don’t want to. At the end of the day I have to remind myself, the tortoise won the race…not the hare.


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