~ Beverly Sills
While visiting Grand Canyon this year I picked up a book recounting numerous ways people have met their fate at the canyon. One of the surest ways is trying to shortcut the canyon’s trails. Grand Canyon is often unforgiving of those who attempt it, and many have plummeted to their demise.
The same can be true for any worthwhile life endeavor. Those who take shortcuts may succeed in the short-term but long-term they tend to catch up to you. Attempting to shortcut work, career, family, education and so on often leads to trouble. I think of those athletes who have used steroids or other dangerous performance enhancing drugs. Some have had the spotlight for a brief season but many have found loss of integrity, shame, eventual loss of health and even death. Was a temporary shortcut worth it? I don’t think so.
Take a moment to reflect on your own life. Are there areas where you know you are shortcutting the process? Most times the tried and true route to success is the best.
Blessings on the journey …