Ditch the Shortcut

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A few weeks ago, I was driving into my driveway and a cardboard box I had put outside for recycling had blown into the driveway. I debated getting out of the car to move it out of the way, but decided instead to push it forward with the car. During the ‘pushing’, it got stuck under the car wedged underneath the wheel. I spent the next 15 minutes getting it out from under the car while managing to rip the sweater I was wearing. If I would have just gotten out of the car in the first place and moved the box, I could have avoided losing time and relinquishing the sweater to the ‘wear at home’ pile.

How often in life do we try to take shortcuts only to find out that the job does not get done well and we spend more time than originally planned to fix it? In Justin Snellman’s article empty-toilet-paper-roll“The Dangers of Taking Shortcuts”, he says that life gets better when you don’t cut corners. You just feel better and have a more positive outlook. He tells the story about going into the bathroom at work and there was toilet paper on the ground and none in the holder. He cleaned up the paper and put a new roll in the dispenser. It would have been easy to leave the mess for the next person. No one was watching and there was no prize for doing what he did. What he did do is make the environment a little better for the other people who used the bathroom. He goes on to explain that doing things when no one if watching IS the point. “How we do the small things is a reflection of how we do big things. And how we interact with small situations (be they people, circumstances or places) will directly impact our lives here on planet Earth.”

Our lives are simply the summation of all the little things that we do each day. For me, one of the worst feelings is living each day knowing I could have done more. When we take the easy way or shortcut, we are short selling others but more importantly, short selling ourselves. I love the saying “An arrow can only be shot forward by pulling backwards.” So remember to take the time to avoid the shortcuts when you are planning a term paper, procrastinating a task you really don’t want to do, or simply moving that pesky box off of the driveway. Now to find a replacement for my favorite sweater. Sigh…

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