“In our culture, snails are not considered valiant animals — we are constantly exhorting people to “come out of their shells” — but there’s a lot to be said for taking your home with you wherever you go. –Susan Cain (in The Power of Introverts)”
We are currently ‘looking after’ two African Land Snails from my son’s nursery ‘Andy and Gary’. At first I was a little hesitant in getting them out to put on their tray, especially as I was told they do ‘come off’! Yikes. Snail trails all over the house!
They now have me gripped in checking back on them; they don’t move for what seems hours, and the next time I watch them, they have eaten the cucumber middle, and are head first in the milk carton lid (doubling as a water bowl). They get so much done. Who’d have thought it possible?!
What if you could enjoy the ‘snail’ in you a bit more? Ha! I bet you didn’t think someone was going to ask you that today. Enjoy the snail in me? Hmmm… what I mean is this, there are times when you need to go slow. When you are not enthused about something, something is distracting or just at times when something is not easy to get through. What if you made it ok to be slow at times. So when you are ready to go a little faster (just like Andy and Gary) it was due to your ‘slow’ period that allowed your the space to move on. There is a reason for it. It may not be apparent at first, but it will become so.
Enjoy being slow. It is amazing how much you can get done – just ask Andy and Gary!
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