“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” ― Confucius.
I’ve had a little keychain with that quote and a little turtle charm living on my keys for several years now. Months ago the quote fell off the keychain and all that remains is that little turtle…but every time I see my little guy it reminds me of the words Confucius said, that it does not matter how slowly I go, as long as I do not stop.
That particular quote has informed me in many areas in my life these past several years since I stumbled across it and immediately purchased said keychain…it does not simply hold true in one area of my life, but informs me in many…my healing, my relationships, my strength, my movement practices, my business…so many of my various journeys. It does not matter how slowly I go, as long as I do not stop.
This time of year we have a tendency to want to enact change in our lives…and in some ways it’s a good time to do so. The end of one season and the beginning of another. The end of one year and the beginning of another. A darker and colder time to sit and think about desired and needed change For some, the act of decorating our houses and then carefully putting said decorations away is included in this time of year and provides a good impetus for change.
Change is necessary, it’s important, it’s good. Change is a constant in this life, and we have to be willing to move and change throughout our journey.
But sometimes in these transition periods we try to enact change so quickly that we end up giving up, we try to move faster than we should, implement too much change too fast, and we end up stopping instead of sticking with the needed changes in our lives.
I wonder how it might feel, in this season of shifts and changes, if we slowed down, if we allowed ourselves to shift and change in a sustainable way and with small steps. I wonder how it might feel if we really allow ourselves to step into and embrace Confucius’ quote “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
My dear friends, if you have needed changes in your lives, I hope you can slow down, but never, ever stop.
Have an amazing week, my friends, and a very Happy New Year.
Hi, I'm Krista!
Krista Mason is a yoga and fitness instructor based in Washington DC. She owns an online studio and loves it!