“You are allowed to take your time to grow in your own beautiful way.” – Dhiman.

We are unique individuals. Every single one of us has a completely unique appearance and personality. We have our own way of thinking, moving and speaking; which means that each of us have our own way of doing things. We may have the same task to do, such as folding the laundry, but we all do it in our own way. Some might argue that there is only one correct way of doing things, however surely if we were not made identical, the way in which we do things need not be identical either. 

Society pushes us to conform to whatever is currently considered the norm. Expecting us to operate in one accepted fashion and pace, just like robots. 

There is nothing wrong with taking on some helpful hints or advice, as long as we adopt these in a manner that does not threaten or compromise our individuality. It is imperative that we become comfortable with our own individual style, develop it and embrace it. In fact, if we force ourselves to carry out a task in any way other than that which feels comfortable and correct to us, then our likelihood of successful and fulfilment is greatly reduced. 

It is okay to do it your way. 

The lyrics of the famous Frank Sinatra song, ‘My Way’ voice this sentiment so well.

“I’ve lived a life that’s full

I’ve travelled each and every highway

But more, much more than this

I did it my way

Regrets, I’ve had a few

But then again, too few to mention

I did what I had to do

And saw it through without exemption

I planned each charted course

Each careful step along the byway

And more, much more than this

I did it my way”

Not only is it perfectly alright to do things your own way but also to do things at your own pace. Trying to imitate someone else’s pace puts unnecessary stress and pressure on us. When you are committed to the job at hand, don’t worry if you finish first or last but rather pay attention to giving your level best. 

If you go at a slower pace than those around you don’t feel like you don’t measure up; instead recognize and celebrate that we all develop, grow, learn and work according to our own pace. Avoid being pressured into getting things done fast, rather get things done properly. 

“Take time for all things: great haste makes great waste.”– Benjamin Franklin. 

Children grow and develop at different rates. In the classroom environment some comprehend and learn faster than others. Sadly, children whose pace is not at the top or middle of the class are often regarded as slow. To attach such a label to a child is not only humiliating and demotivating but it results in low self-esteem and low levels of confidence. It is imperative that value is not attached to perceived success because success is based on our individual level of capability. 

What is a major achievement for one will be simply mediocre for another. 

“Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still.” – Chinese Proverb. 

I wrote the Solomon the snail book to show children that we were all made to move at our own pace. The story helps children to understand that even though time is precious and should be used wisely, everyone should go at their own pace. Solomon the friendly snail encourages children to do things at their own pace. The pace they were made to move at and that they feel comfortable with. 

Solomon the snail is a colourful picture book with an enjoyable, meaningful story. Slide into this delightful book and join Solomon on his exciting adventure.

Get your copy of Solomon the snail from Amazon and various other leading online retailers. I would really appreciate if you would show your support by leaving a review. I hope this story will motivate children to not only be true to themselves but also to do things at their own pace.

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Make story time a special time. Happy reading!

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