A turtle family decided to go on a picnic. The turtles, being obviously slow about things, took seven years to prepare for their outing. Finally the turtle family left home looking for a appropriate place. During the second year of their journey they set up a place ideal for them at last!
For about six months they cleaned the area, unpacked the picnic case, and completed the preparations. Then they discovered they had forgotten the salt. A picnic without salt would be a failure, they all agreed. After a lengthy discussion, the youngest turtle was chosen to retrieve the salt from home. Although he was the fastest of the slow moving turtles, the little turtle whined, cried, and wobble in his shell. He decided to go on one condition: that no one would eat until he returned.
The family consented and the little turtle left.
Three years passed and the little turtle had not returned. Five years...six years... then on the seventh year of his absence, the oldest turtle could no longer contain his hunger. He declare that he was going to eat and begun to unwrap a sandwich. At that point the little turtle suddenly popped out from at the back a tree shouting, 'See! I knew you wouldn't wait. Now I am not going to go get the salt.'
Some of us waste our time waiting for people to live up to our expectations. We are so concerned about what others are doing that we do not do anything ourselves.