Posted by: Admin | November 14, 2011

A long-legged tortoise?

I can’t sleep for more than four hours at a stretch. Some people suffer from physical hyper-activity, me, I have a manic brain. Husband of my heart has always said I have two speeds: full speed and stop and I have to concede that he’s right (probably only on this point, though darling, don’t go getting smug!)

Some people are kind and attribute such mental activity to creativity, which might be correct given that in my case my mental hyper-activity is usually triggered by my overloading it with new ideas. I have to discipline myself to see a project through from beginning to end and not allow thoughts of the next one to crowd in. The trouble is, I’m an innovator rather than an implementor (which is neither good nor bad – just bloody difficult to manage!). Once I’ve had an idea and thought it through, I’d rather someone else implemented it so that I’m free to think up the next one. Not ideal when you’re a one-woman band!

Hence my desire to curb my hare-like tendencies and make like a tortoise. Otherwise I’m too exhausted to work on the ideas I’ve chewed over all night long. Unfortunately, I know the resolution won’t last unless I get help, so I’ve started to work with a business mentor. I can’t tell you the relief of being able to lay all my ideas out on the metaphorical table and have someone who lives outside my brain look them over!

I know that being a tortoise won’t suit me for long, so I’m hoping to grow longer legs. That way, I can move at a reasonable pace yet still have the time to look around me and notice what’s going on with the people I love. So yes, guys, this is a bit of an apology for my recent distraction, and to you project50 readers who might have been wondering where I’ve been lately. The truth is, I’ve been haring around like a demented Duracell Bunny and disappearing up my own… thought processes.

The song I posted by GreenDay, “Nice Guys Finish Last” is an old family favourite. “Nice guys finish last, you’re running out of gas, your sympathy will get you left behind…”  Running out of gas is something I do regularly. Hopefully, a tortoise will conserve that energy for longer than a hare and I might stand a chance of staying on the right track. Watch this space 😉


  1. hmmm…a tortoise with long, furry, bouncing, bunny legs — what a funny picture! (good luck with finding a median speed–it indeed might save whatever sanity you still have left 😉

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