Friday, June 27, 2008

The Slow Turtles

A turtle family decided to go on a picnic. The 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. During the second year of their journey they found a place ideal for them at last!

For about six months they cleaned 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 are so concerned about what others are doing that we don't do anything ourselves.]
Tags: Expectation, Turtle



Blogger Sweet Jasmine said...

A good story of life's lessons...

Time is too precious and short to be a waiting game....

27 June, 2008 07:57  
Blogger acura said...

I like the moral behind the story ^~^

27 June, 2008 15:15  
Blogger Borneo Falcon said...

The youngest turtle is also probably the smartest of all

27 June, 2008 17:58  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

jasmine - yeah, everyone waiting for each other's mistake. too much at stake

acura - good moral indeed

borneo - a turtle that don't trust ppl too

28 June, 2008 02:16  

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