A turtle family decided to go on a picnic. Turtles, being naturally slow
about things, took seven years to prepare for their outing. Finally the
turtle family left home looking for a suitable place for their outing.

During the second year of their journey they found a place ideal for them at
last! For about six months they cleaned up the area, unpacked the picnic
basket, and completed the arrangements. Then they discovered they had
forgotten the salt. A picnic without salt would be a disaster, they all

After a lengthy discussion, the youngest
turtle was chosen to retrieve the salt from home. Although he was the
fastest of the slow-moving turtles, the little turtle whined, cried, and
wobbled in his shell.

He agreed to go on one condition: that no one would eat until he returned.
The family consented and the little turtle left. Three years passed and the
little turtle had not returned. Five years...six years... then on the
seventh year of his absence, the oldest turtle could no longer contain his
hunger. He announced that he was going to eat and begun to unwrap a
sandwich. At that point the
little turtle suddenly popped out from behind a tree shouting, "SEE! I knew
you wouldn't wait. Now I am not going to go get the salt."

Some of us waste our time waiting for people to live up to our expectations.
We lose track of what's the most important thing in our lives. We are so
concerned about what others are doing that we don't do anything ourselves.