Slow and Steady Wins the Race

I was at my favorite dentists office a few weeks ago. As Dr. Sara was explaining to me how to gently brush my teeth in order to help my receding gum lines not deteriorate further, a thought came to me: I have inadvertently been ruining my gums while trying to keep my teeth and gums healthy. I explained to Dr. Sara that I use a Sonicare toothbrush, which is supposed to be really great for your gums. She cracked a smile when I told her that I brush back and forth and up and down. She told me that with a Sonicare, you dont brush your teeth; instead you slowly move the Sonicare around your teeth and gums and let the Sonicare do the work.

Makes sense to me. I want my teeth and gums to have a long, healthy life. Also, I am a good patient, and I usually do what I am toldso now I am s–l–o–w–l–y
brushing my teeth. With this all in mind it appears that I have a lot of extra time to think while I am cleaning my teeth twice a day. Although it is still the same two minutes, it seems like it takes a lot longer than it used to. I guess thats because the faster I move my toothbrush, the quicker the two minutes of brushing seem to go by. Well, vigorous brushing is a thing of the past for me!

So now, twice a day for two minutes at a time, I get to practice being patient and not rushing. It really is hard sometimes! If I dont pay attention to how I am brushing, Ill go right back to brushing fast and furiously. I then have to remind myself to slow down. The old fable, The Tortoise and the Hare comes to mind.


There are a few lessons to learn from The Tortoise and the Hare and from my new teeth brushing technique:

  • The hastier you arethe more setbacks you experience.  My overzealous brushing and my receding gums are a testament to this. When we are hasty in making important decisions; whether its with regards to relationships, doing things without thinking them through, or not taking the proper time to do something right, we get ourselves in trouble.


  •  Being overly confident is a tragedy.  I think this is just a nice way of saying cocky. The hare was so sure that he was going to win the race, but the end turned into a tragedy for him because of his cockiness. I can relate: When I was a girl, around eight, I was involved in gymnastics with my sisters. One Saturday we went to open gym, thats when you can practice on the equipment without being with a coach. I was overly confident and showing off. I was running down the runway to the vault. When I hit the springboard, I flew and landed in a way that didnt make sense to me. I just remember my body and my ego were both sore, and some of the girls were laughing at me. That was the day I told myself that I would never show off again!


  • When you set a goal and are determined, dont get discouragedkeep going!  The tortoise illustrates a great example of perseverance. There have been plenty of times in my life, and Im sure youve had them too when you feel like throwing in the towel. DONT! Keep your eye on the goal and focus on the outcome!

This slow and steady theme has really sunken in with me since my visit with Dr. Saralike I saidlots of teeth-time to think! I realize that the tortoise has the right idea, and that being in a hurry usually costs you something. We live in a fast-paced-want-it-now-hurry-up-and-get-it-done society these days. To wait, take our time, and be patient is a hard thing to do. It is a hard notion to teach our children. There are many setbacks we experience when we are not being slow and steady. The hare shows us a great example of how not to be. He is just so sure that he is superior, and that is never a good way to think or act.


Take Action: This week and beyond, lets practice being slow and steady. Lets take the time to slow down, think things through, and do things right. Confidence is attractive, but being overly and wrongly confident is notlets take an inventory of our confidence level and make sure it is healthy. Remember, showing off is never healthy! When you set a goal and are heading for the finish line, dont allow someone who is cocky and unkind to discourage youkeep going, and rememberslow and steady wins the race!


  1. Well honey, I would LOVE to comment but I am in too much of a hurry – ha HA!
    OK, the truth is that I have been so harried lately that I have not been making the time to read your wonderful, weekly blogs o’ wisdom. Shame on me! Thanks for the reminder to slow down and dig the scenery along the way…

  2. Heather says:

    I love the article Deanna…..and I promise to stop by more often!

  3. Gigi Peterson says:

    Awesome!!! slow down……….I could really use some TV time in bed. crap! I’m almost sure that’s not what u meant. oh well….. Thanks as always for ur words of wisdom Grasshopper.

  4. Good advice again. I could use some slowing down. I will have to hurry and get my work done today so I can sit and think about it. j/k I really love the way you think (but you probably already know that)

    Love Aunt Judy

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