Tough Turtles (a little inspiration from…)

Ever have one of those days when all you want to do is crawl into a protective shell and hide? From everything and everybody?

Like Mr. Turtle in defensive mode. Not going anywhere!

“Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.” James Bryant Conant

Turtles are hard to crush in their tough shells, but to move forward they must put their vulnerable necks out. That might take a bit of courage facing the unknown, but lots of courage when the known is filled with lots of scary stuff.

Mr. Turtle peaking his neck out (tentatively, a good start.)

“Fear has two meanings: ‘Forget Everything And Run’ or ‘Face Everything And Rise.’ The choice is yours.” Zig Ziglar  

Fear wields paralytic power. In our current whacked-out-world context it might be tempting for us to retreat into quiescent shells until the next century.

At the very least until 2020 is over.

Or, taking inspiration from Mr. Turtle we can let courage toughen us up enough to keep moving. To stick our necks out. To stick it to our fears.

Have a go at them, one step at a time.

Mr. Turtle says, “It’s time to face your fears and keep going!”

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” Maria Robinson

grace, peace & tough turtles

Virginia : )

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24 Responses to Tough Turtles (a little inspiration from…)

  1. Lovely post! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Garfield Hug says:

    You have a turtle for a pet! So lovely. You are brave to pull its neck as am told they go give nips…my friend got nipped quite badly too.

    • Virginia says:

      Hey GH, this Mr. Turtle is not a pet. Lots of turtles roam thru our yard. I happened to catch this one with my camera awhile ago & waited (patiently) for him to re-emerge (i.e. stick his neck out!) No goading! Sorry your friend got nipped. ouch! 🐢🤗🐢

      • Garfield Hug says:

        Lucky you to have nature’s pets at your doorsteps or yard. I can visualize your awesome yard.

      • Virginia says:

        We also see amazing birds & lots of deer. Last week I saw 4 deer with massive antlers – an unusual sighting. The last few months we’ve also had several bunnies hopping around (somehow 2 became 3!) We do worry for them when hawks fly about… 🐰🤪🐰

      • Garfield Hug says:

        Oh wow!! You have an amazing yard that is teeming with fauna!! Lucky you. I hope you can post these lovely animals for us to see👍😁Thanks for sharing Virginia.

      • Virginia says:

        Will do GH, but sometimes it takes quick reflexes to catch them on camera – by the time I open door to take a pic they scurry, hop, or fly away. (A little easier to catch Mr. Turtle with his slightly slower pace..) 🐢🤗🐢

      • Garfield Hug says:

        True that as bunnies hop away pretty quickly😁

  3. Debbie says:

    I totally get the notion of sticking one’s head in one’s shell … at least until 2020 has passed, ha! Still, nothing ventured, nothing gained, right — and so onward we go. Happy Monday, Virginia — stay safe from that hurricane!

  4. Halbarbera says:

    The endangered turtle does come out of it’s shell.

  5. artista10 says:

    Oh I needed this today so bad! thank you! 🙂

  6. TMH says:

    Quality quotes, again.

  7. Mama Duck says:

    “Fear wields paralytic power”-so well said. This was an inspirational post- thank you! That turtle is a big one!🐢

    • Virginia says:

      Hey Mama Duck, thanks for your encouragement! Sometimes even bigger turtles hang out in our backyard, but this type is more colorful. Here’s to facing our fears with faith & colorful gumption. Blessings! 🐢☀️🌹🙏🐢

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