TurtleYesterday morning I went out to get my morning coffee. I have a very regular coffee routine. Heading to the Starbucks closest to me, I suddenly remembered I needed to go to the grocery store as well, so I turned my car around and began heading towards a different Starbucks nearer to the grocery store. 

I stopped at a stop sign before turning onto the main street, and had to do a double take. Right there, crossing the road in front of my car, was a tortoise! As I didn’t want to run it over, I put my car in park, turned on my flashers, and got out of the car to move it.

The guy in the car behind me gave me a look that said, “What are you doing?” I laughed and gestured to the front of the car. Then I looked at that tortoise, realized it shouldn’t be able to bite me in any way, just based on the length of it’s neck, and then picked that tortoise up by it’s sides. I then held it up for the guy in the car behind me to see. He laughed as I walked it over to the sidewalk and set it down to go on it’s merry way. 

To paint you an accurate picture, I live in a very developed area of Southern California. You do NOT see tortoises just walking around. In fact, this is the first tortoise to ever cross my path in the “wild”.

I got back into my car, and drove to the other Starbucks, calling Dan and my mom to tell them about the tortoise drama, before returning to my day.

This morning was a rough morning. I struggled heavily with disbelief and felt smaller than usual. I’ve been reading a lot of other blogs lately, and they made my blog suddenly feel inadequate. I thought of all the changes that needed to be made to Absolutely Tara, and began tweaking the details. I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was being ridiculous to believe that my content was worth anything. 

Later in the day, I headed (once again) to the Starbucks where I saw the tortoise, and I was suddenly filled with an urge to look up the meaning of a tortoise crossing your path. As I’m really trying to listen attentively to my heart (even if the logic isn’t there), I pulled out my phone and did a google search. What I found was absolutely perfect.

According to Spirit Animal Totems, the Native Americans say that if a tortoise crosses your path, “He is usually giving you the message that ‘slow and steady wins the race’. Pay attention to details in your current project and take your time with it. Don’t be tempted to skip steps or take short cuts. You will get there! Just trust in the process and stay in the moment. Bigger, stronger, faster are not always the best ways to reach your goals.”

Wow! That was exactly what I needed to hear. I needed that extra little assurance that I’m walking in the right direction.

Affirmation and motivation can come in many different ways. I’m not into spirit animals, but my heart guided me outside of my beliefs or logic. Being open to listening to it without boundaries gave me a great gift today. Not only was it a pick me up to continue on with Absolutely Tara, but confirmation that my heart knows a thing or two about what’s what, so I can continue to follow it’s lead.  



7 thoughts on “When a Tortoise Crosses Your Path”

  1. I found a tortoise crossing the road yesterday…. N I brought it home. Well it is a burrowing tortoise… Had i left it, it was sure to b eaten by d stray dogs..
    But here i am now.. Wondering how to keep it alright … I hope everything will turn out for the best.

    1. Thanks Eric. I wasn’t about to run over it with my car. I just wonder where it ended up, because it just kept walking down the sidewalk going on it’s merry way.

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