It appeared in the middle of the footpath in the forest park. The little child was amazed. It pulled onto its grandfather’s hand to approach it cautiously.
“Look, how fast it’s going!” it pointed.
The turtle was moving faster than what is conventionally believed to be its pace.
The child was thrilled. For a few moments, it stood there, mesmerised, in silence watching it, as if absorbing every movement the turtle made.
“Turtles are extraordinary creatures,” her grandfather said. “They demonstrate how to be comfortable in your own shell; how to travel at your own pace even if that means going slowly. The only thing you should fear is standing still”.
The little girl tiptoed behind the turtle.
“Speed doesn’t matter. Forward is forward”.
“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go” – T.S. Elliot