The Tortoise and the Hair

(…I have long hair…)

On our way back from the cabin in Arizona last week, I was driving 80 mph down highway 60, past Salome and halfway to Hope, (note that it was not beyond Hope…)

I saw a brown bump in the middle of the road, sitting right on the white line.

It was a tortoise.

If it stayed there, I’m sure some idiot driving too fast would crush it.

We stopped, backed up, (scraped the side of my pick up truck on a road side sign that I didn’t see) and parked on the shoulder next to the tortoise.

I walked out and picked him up, just as another pick up truck came by at 80 mph. (Idiot.)


After my wife took some photos (I mean, how often do you get to see a desert tortoise?) I set him back down, pointed away from the road, pointed towards the scrub bushes and hot rocks and cactus he calls home.

He ran off, literally, into the sunset.

I’d like to believe he is now living a good life out there, because that way I have a great illustration for this post…

You need to keep putting one blog post in front of the other, and in the end, you’ll have readers and traffic and make money.

Or maybe if you’re stuck in the middle of the road, about to be crushed by giant, speeding machines, a random giant will appear to pick you up and deposit you on the other side of the road, safe and sound.

If you keep trying, then maybe something unexpected can happen.

No. That’s not it.

Or maybe you need to come out of your shell and keep moving forward, against all odds, never giving up or getting distracted.

Yeah. That’s it.

I’ll go with the slow and steady one.

That’s what you need to do.

Keep moving forward, slow and steady.

Never give up.

Because giants do exist.

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