...The Tortoise and the Hare follows on from Poems For Encouragement - I Have Success Whilst I Am Learning
I thought of the famous story of The Tortoise And Hare when I was living with severe illness.
I had been bedbound for many years, and sometimes – often – I felt I would not get well.
I knew the fable was about perseverance which I needed! but I wasn't well enough to go to the library or go on the internet.
So I wrote myself a poem for encouragement and perseverance against the odds. (I had very little use of my hands so I dictated most of my work onto a dictaphone.)
In May 2008, after 17 years of severe illness - ME/ CFS and 14 years of being bedbound, I started walking again.
If you are holding a space for your dream, thank you.
Whatever it is, persevere.
Keep taking steps towards it, and – as in the story of the tortoise and the hare – you will get there.
You are getting there.
I have only just now looked up the original Aesop Fable of The Tortoise And The Hare and I am amazed how accurate the poem is. I had thought that the hare's anticipation of revelling in the tortoise's defeat was my addition.
It is truly wonderful how, in times of difficulty, stories and quotes can surface in our mind to encourage us to find the perseverance to continue.
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