Slow & steady wins the race!
We have all heard the popular story that involves one race, one turtle, and one rabbit. If you are unfamiliar or haven't heard the story in a while, it goes like this…
One day a turtle challenged a rabbit to a race. As soon as it began, the rabbit raced wayyyy ahead of the turtle, full speed. When the rabbit no longer saw the turtle from his viewpoint, he decided to take a short nap. The rabbit believed that he had time for a break and even if the turtle passed him, he figured he would still have time to beat the turtle to the finish line.
All this time the turtle kept walking step by step by step. He did not quit, regardless of how hot, tired, or behind he grew. He just kept going. Meanwhile, the rabbit slept longer than he intended. The rabbit woke up, ran to the finish line, and found the turtle there waiting for him!
So, what is the moral of the story? You know it- slow and steady wins the race! When you put this silly story about a turtle and a rabbit into practice, it proves to be of high value.
For example, when you act as the rabbit while fixing something, you are most likely going to miss a step, or you could even break something in the process. Your best work is not being produced here in a carefree rush.
The same goes for life. If you take the rabbit’s approach to life, you have a high chance of missing or breaking things, and your end product is low quality. Instead, adopt the turtle’s mantra. Take things slow, enjoy the process, and watch as the end result is beautiful! I think you’ll find the extra time you spent in the building process is well worth it.
Connecting the story back to the bus!
Bluebird strives to avoid emergency intervention because we believe it is not a long-term transformation. We are bridging that gap. The rabbit is the emergency intervention, and the turtle is the long-term transformation.
We are focused on one life at a time, slowly and surely. The numbers do not matter to us, we believe it is important to focus on the few rather than many. Don’t get me wrong, we want to help as many lives as possible, but we would rather truly help few than superficially scratch the surface for many. We intend to give you tools and teach you how to use them, not just hand you tools and wish you good luck. Tools alone are useless if not paired with the skills to use them. We want to be helpful for life, for a better life. So we’re giving full “tool-torials.”. ;)
The Bluebird is taking intentional time to invest in each person who steps foot on the bus. We are meeting with each guest for as long as it will take to restore the hope that has been lost. Slow and steady will result in a stronger and more stable environment/life. We are approaching each guest with the mindset of the turtle, taking life step by step. In our story, the turtle has a companion in the slow and steady- a Bluebird.