The Tortoise And The Rabbit

The Tortoise and The Rabbit

Have you remember the story of a turtle and a rabbit race when you were a child?

Let’s me tell you again to rebuild the moral lessons for some good implication.

One day a rabbit was boasting about how fast he could run. He was laughing at the turtle for being so slow. Much to the rabbit’s surprise, the turtle challenged him to a race. The rabbit thought this was a good joke and accepted the challenge. The fox was to be the umpire of the race. As the race began, the rabbit raced way ahead of the turtle, just like everyone thought.

The rabbit got to the halfway point and could not see the turtle anywhere. He was hot and tired and decided to stop and take a short nap. Even if the turtle passed him, he would be able to race to the finish line ahead of him. All this time the turtle kept walking step by step by step. He never quit no matter how hot or tired he got. He just kept going.

However, the rabbit slept longer than he had thought and woke up. He could not see the turtle anywhere! He went at full speed to the finish line but found the turtle there waiting for him.

The moral of the story is that slow and steady wins the race. This is the version of the story that we’ve all known.

But then recently, the story still continues:

1st Modern Story:

The rabbit was disappointed at losing the race and he did some soul-searching. He realized that he’d lost the race only because he had been overconfident, careless and lax. If he had not taken things for granted, there’s no way the turtle could have beaten him. So he challenged the turtle to another race. The turtle agreed. This time, the rabbit went all out and ran without stopping from start to finish. He won by several miles.

The moral of the story?

Fast and consistent will always beat the slow and steady. It’s good to be slow and steady; but it’s better to be fast and reliable.

But the story doesn’t end here.

2nd Modern Story:

The turtle did some thinking this time, and realized that there’s no way he can beat the rabbit in a race the way it was currently formatted. He thought for a while, and then challenged the rabbit to another race, but on a slightly different route. The rabbit agreed.

They started off. In keeping with his self-made commitment to be consistently fast, the rabbit took off and ran at top speed until he came to a broad river. The finishing line was a couple of

kilometers on the other side of the river. The rabbit sat there wondering what to do. In the meantime the turtle trundled along, got into the river, swam to the opposite bank, continued walking and finished the race.

The moral of the story?

First identify your core competency and then change the playing field to suit your core competency.

However, the story still hasn’t ended.

3rd Modern Story:

The rabbit and the turtle, by this time, had become pretty good friends and they did some thinking together. Both realized that the last race could have been run much better.

So they decided to do the last race again, but to run as a team this time. They started off, and this time the rabbit carried the turtle till the riverbank. There, the turtle took over and swam

across with the rabbit on his back. On the opposite bank, the rabbit again carried the turtle and they reached the finishing line together. They both felt a greater sense of satisfaction than they’d felt earlier.

The moral of the story?

It’s good to be individually brilliant and to have strong core competencies; but unless you’re able to work in a team and harness each other’s core competencies, you’ll always perform below par because there will always be situations at which you’ll do poorly and someone else does well. Teamwork is mainly about situational leadership, letting the person with the relevant core competency for a situation take leadership.

To sum up, the story of the rabbit and turtle teaches us many things.

Fast and consistent will always beat slow and steady;

Work to your competencies

Pooling resources and working as a team will always beat individual performers;

Never give up when faced with failure

Compete against the situation – not against a rival.



Philippine Carabao, The Beast of Fortune

Philippine Carabao, The Beast of Fortune

The  Carabao  is the national  animal  of the Philippines.  It signifies willingness to hard-work packed with diligence and perseverance. It is most preferred reliable partner of farmers in the field, as it offer practical support and strength for carrying and transporting heavy facilities without complaining. It is no doubt why it was called a ‘beast of burden’.

After centuries of neglect and extinctions, Carabao has been recognize as the ‘Beast of Fortune’. People have realized that a farmer is only half without it. It is in  fact  the “filipino’s best friend”.  It  can be relied  upon  to  work incessantly.  The  beast  helps  to  feed,  and  it  becomes  itself   a  good  source  of   food  for the Filipinos.

The name carabao is unique to the Philippines, but elsewhere in the earth, English speakers call it “water buffalo”, generic name. These majestic animal are also seen to represent the deep cultural roots of the country.

They represent the hardworking and patient nature Filipinos have become known for on the international stage. Showcasing strength and  power to discharge off our daily work. OFW’s or The Overseas Filipino Workers demonstrates perseverance at most times, complaining less than others even if the numbers of work hours would take more than what is required, because we wanted to earn more to send back home. It is widely known that most of the Filipino workers are not aware of the significance of their work, except in earning money. They don’t care about the result of their performance because they are only smart workers. Some Filipinos use their muscle, heart and mind to achieve excellent performance without thinking of the monetary reward or public cognizance. They are widely wanted because they are hard workers.

As to Carabao that was once dislodged off by farm machineries, the carabao has gained added significance to millions of farmers, and now has a new-found importance, that of changing lives of people and of providing a source for the widening of vibrant carabao-based enterprises in the country.

Awaken The Greatness Within

I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” – Nelson Mandela.

Rolihlahla “Nelson” Mandela was born on the 18th July 1918 in Qunu, South Africa. As the youngest son of a respected African chief, Rolihlahla was offered the opportunity to go to school. Here he was named “Nelson” by one of his teachers. Mandela eventually studied at both the University of Fort Hare and the University of Witwatersrand and qualified in law, setting up a law practice in Johannesburg with his friend Walter Sisulu. It was the injustices he dealt with on a daily basis that began to influence him.

Nelson Mandela spent his life fighting apartheid in South Africa. Apartheid was a brutal system of racial segregation in South Africa that kept blacks and whites apart and dehumanized people of color. The South African government imprisoned him for 27 years, but Mandela persevered. During his imprisonment, Mandela became a hero to people around the world and a symbol of the injustice of apartheid.  After his release from prison in 1990, he became the President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. Mandela died on December 5, 2013, at age 95.

Enumerated below his inspirational notes that awaken many lives.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
“And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same”
“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.”
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”
“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”
“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”
“I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.”
“Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation.”
“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.”
“I detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man.”
“Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.”
“I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself.”
“Only free men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.”
“Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.”
“Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.”
“In my country we go to prison first and then become President.”
“Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace.”
“When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.”
“We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.”
“A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.”
“Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another and suffer the indignity of being the skunk of the world.”
“If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that lead to their goal. Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness.”
“There is no such thing as part freedom.”
“Does anybody really think that they didn’t get what they had because they didn’t have the talent or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?”
“When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat.”
“I cannot conceive of Israel withdrawing if Arab states do not recognize Israel, within secure borders.”
“Nonviolence is a good policy when the conditions permit.”

“The Great Soul”- Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi is revered the world over as one of history’s most influential figures. Throughout his life in South Africa and India, Gandhi was a fearless campaigner for the rights and dignity of all people, whose constant and unwavering promotion of non-violence as a tool to win over hearts and minds has forever left its mark on the world.

The man known today for his calm, courage and compassion in the face of oppression was always unfavorable before the crowds.

Birth name Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in Porbandar, born in India on 1869, known as the spiritual leader and father of Indian independence in fact suffered for much of his life from an acute fear of public speaking.

Over time, Gandhi managed not only to overcome his fears, but to turn them to his advantage. His unease at speaking made him an excellent listener, whose humility and empathy allowed him to channel the dreams and aspirations of the masses. His hesitancy with words taught him the power of saying more with less and today, these words, inflected with the heart and wisdom that have made him an international icon, continue to inspire countless millions across the globe.

Here is our selection of Gandhi’s most inspiring quotes.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

“A man is but a product of his thoughts. What he thinks he becomes.”

“Be the change that you want to see in the world.”

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong.”

“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”

“An ounce of patience is worth more than a tonne of preaching.”

“Change yourself – you are in control.”

“See the good in people and help them.”

“Without action, you aren’t going anywhere.”

“Take care of this moment.”

“Be congruent, be authentic, be your true self.”

“Continue to grow and evolve.”

“A no uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ uttered merely to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.”

“Glory lies in the attempt to reach one’s goal and not in reaching it.”

“An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.”

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

“A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.”

“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”

Under The Night Sky

Way back before we invented civilization, our ancestors lived mainly in the freedom of deep blue sky.

When we walk by, the streets are lighted by millions of stars.

We can’t help it but to stop and watched them twinkle and suddenly nap in the arms of green carpet grass.

While the rhythm of ocean waves keep playing, our souls are pleased and at the time we open our eyes again, our hopes are renewed.

~ chengart 3NOV2018

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