Favorite Fable

The Hare and the Tortoise is one of my favorite fables:

The hare was once boasting of his speed before the other animals. “I have never yet been beaten,” said he, “when I put forth my full speed. I challenge anyone here to race with me.”

The tortoise said quietly, “I accept your challenge.”

“That is a good joke,” said the hare. “I could dance around you all the way.”

“Keep your boasting until you’ve beaten,” answered the tortoise. “Shall we race?”

So a course was fixed and a start was made. The hare darted almost out of sight at once, but soon stopped and, to show his contempt for the tortoise, lay down to have a nap. The tortoise plodded on and plodded on, and when the hare awoke from his nap, he saw the tortoise nearing the finish line, and he could not catch up in time to save the race.

The moral of the story: Victory does not always belong to the swiftest runner, but to the runner with the most stamina and self-control: http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2010/01/07/running-the-race-of-life-every-day/

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I refuse to accept the view that mankind…

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.

Martin Luther King Jr., American civil rights leader (1929-1968), from his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech

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A Short Poem – “Faith Is The Hand”

Faith is the hand that reaches out
Accepting the love of God;
Guiding our every daily walk
As down life’s road we daily trod.

Faith is the hand that turns the key
To heaven’s golden door;
Leading to abundant joy
And life forever more.

—Ruth H. Underhill

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