When is the time to stop feeling sorry for yourself?

You get kicked down. Your face is in the dirt. You feel like shit.

And it’s totally fine to feel like shit for as long as you like. But some day, that only you know, you will realize that you have a choice.

Are you going to live your life on your face in the dirt, feeling sorry for yourself? Blaming this, that and the other?

Or are you going to get up, dust yourself off and see what you can do?

You will make this choice, and you will live with the results. So will I.

Grace for mistakes

Leaders make mistakes.
They make wrong choices.
They look back with regret.

What shocks me is the outrage that often follows when a leader makes a mistake.

We seem to forget that all of us make mistakes.
That making wrong choices is part of being human.
That often making mistakes is the only way to learn.

How do you want people to react to your mistakes?

Do you want them to kick you when you are already lying on the ground? Or do you want them to help you get up again?

Let’s give our leaders the same amount of grace.
Because they will continue to make mistakes.

They are no different from us.

Not all animals are turtles

This blog is about what I call ‘Turtle Thinking’.

About going slow. Purposeful. Long term.
About hiding inside your shell. Thinking. Pondering.
About living in a world that goes much faster than you are comfortable with.

I write for all turtles, and for all people who feel they could use some more turtle thinking in their world.

But I’m aware that not all animals are turtles. And not all should be.

After all, where would turtles be without hares?