Lesson Six: There’s Happiness in Simplicity

“Nature is pleased with Simplicity. And nature is no dummy.” ~Isaac Newton Tortoises lead a pretty simple life. They stay cozy in their hides most of the time. They walk around looking for tasty morsels to eat. They respond to sound and vibration. They have sex. They soak in water. They lay eggs. And…repeat. IContinue reading “Lesson Six: There’s Happiness in Simplicity”

Lesson Four: If You Want It, Reach For It!

“In this world, you only get what you grab for.”  ~Giovanni Boccaccio One thing I can tell you about tortoises is that if they want something, they seem to be completely single-minded in their attempt to achieve it. People who have pet tortoises refer to them as little bulldozers. They will dig, climb, stretch, andContinue reading “Lesson Four: If You Want It, Reach For It!”

Lesson Three: Keep Only Things that Bring You Joy

“Discard everything that does not spark joy.”  ~Marie Kondo One of my favorite things to do is watch tortoises eat. In Torti Town, there are two concrete stepping stones next to each other, fondly referred to as “The Slab.” It is on the slab that I lay out all of the culinary goodness I haveContinue reading “Lesson Three: Keep Only Things that Bring You Joy”

Lesson Two: Things Do Not Have to be Perfect to be Ideal

“Life isn’t meant to be lived perfectly…but merely to be LIVED. Boldly, wildly, beautifully, uncertainly, imperfectly, magically LIVED.”  ~Mandy Hale Sometimes in life, we need to follow these steps: Ready….fire! Aim and fire again! If we wait for perfection, we may wait too long. The first time I built a hideout for the tortoises, IContinue reading “Lesson Two: Things Do Not Have to be Perfect to be Ideal”

Lesson One: Just ask!

“Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it.” ~Maya Angelou It all started when a student of mine gave me three tortoises.  Well, it actually all started when I mastered the art of using the potty on a toilet. The prize I chose for this feat was a tortoise stuffed animal. MaybeContinue reading “Lesson One: Just ask!”