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Written by: Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor
Wednesday, May 23, 2007

I was at the scenic Varkala beack in Kerala, India with my husband and his family.    Above the beach is a boardwalk type area with shops, cafes and nightlife.  To get there from the beach, you must climb quite a steep set of stairs.  I wondered if I’d make it. I also wondered how my 74 year old father in law (dad) would make it.  So, I started by walking briskly up the stairs, while dad, slowly walked up the stairs.  Twice while quickly going up the stairs, I got out of breath, and had to stop.  On my second break, dad passed me!  So, I ran up the rest of the stairs and made it to the top first, out of breath, and feeling really weak and tired.  Along came dad, cooly making it to the top of the stairs, invigorated and barely breaking a sweat!


Remembering back to that day, I thought that dad must be in great health and great shape to make it up the stairs without being out of breath, complaining of pain or any other things many people may find challenging about climbing up such steep stairs.  Now, I still think that, but also think that the wonder is in the slow and steady approach.  Others of us, including me, thought it would be good to challenge myself to the maximum by litterally running up the stairs- something my body really couldn’t handle anyhow.  But, dad knew that wouldn’t make sense for him and he used a more sensible approach.

When I really think about it, it also makes me wonder what else in life do I try to rush through, without thought or proper training or skill.  Do I get caught up in the rat race of life and think if I am ahead of the game, I am going to come out first?  Maybe that is not really how the world works!


Copyright ©2007 Jennifer Jayanthi Kumar


1 comments so far...

Re: Slow and Steady Wins The Race

This is one of the moral lessons taught. It takes our own experience to realize importance of the lessons. Thanks for sharing this.

By cskishore on   Friday, May 25, 2007

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