I came upon this lovely turtle picture from my gardener. It is a female turtle named “Eva” and has lived in the family garden for decades. “Eva” is 55 years old and counting. She comes out every summer and goes to hibernation precisely every September. I saw videos of “Eva” and was amazed how slow she moved, how slow she went about her business; walking, eating fresh fruit, lettuce and fig leaves, taking long naps in the sunlight, taking shelter at dusk. She moved extremely slow and yet, she got it all done year after year, decade after decade. It got me reflecting on the wisdom of nature and the key to turtle longevity.
Eva in extreme relaxation pose 55 years of age.
In this rapid, hight speed world, where time is money and COVID-Era pressure makes us move faster but with no real destination, “Eva’s” wisdom came to me like a drink of pure fresh water in a dry and desolated pandemic world. We could all do with a bit of “ Eva” in all of us and just take it slow. True, one cannot stop working and living, but we can change our biorhythms, and just turn it down a few degrees. We could use more quiet from media noise and just take time to observe nature’s perfect rhythm and let it sink in.
I saw in this wise turtle a life lesson worth applying to everyday life: FASTER IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER, SLOWER CAN BE WISER. I believe that each person is created uniquely and we all function at different speeds. The world conditions as they are now a days, the emotional pressure of pandemic has made us in a way, speed up inwards, but in reality it should slow us down internally and really revalue everything that is truly important and find meaning in the pain and loss we are all living as a whole.
We need to sit down and eat a fig, like “ Eva” and do what we can do, what we are able to do and let go of what we cannot do. Use what you have around you to make the best life possible, one-day-at-a-time, otherwise you’ll speed up and CRACK or get burned out. We all wish these testing times are over, but we really cannot control this, we can only take the proper precautions our authorities suggest, keep healthy, physically, mentally/emotionally and GO OUT THERE AND DO THE VERY BEST WE CAN, but that’s it.
We as individuals cannot save the world from COVID, we need to stop and just realized what is happening, slow down, help other’s in need that have it worst than we do, be compassionate, and just live through every season of life in a calm, tranquil sort of way and we might be as fortunate as “Eva” who, for the looks of it, might outlive us all with her extremely healthy lifestyle.
No worries or anxieties, just living one day at a time, one hour at a time.
Thank you “Eva” for reminding me to slow down and eat a fig every now and then.
Good health to you all.
Donato Pérez García, MD