Sometimes There Are No Shortcuts

Most of my shortcut posts have been about managing time and how to do things faster. You can read all 31 Days of Shortcuts here.  

There are no shortcuts for some things.  And recognizing when there are no shortcuts will save you time and frustration.  Here in Maine there is a joke about  Downeasters giving directions to "out-of-staters".  I think the point of the joke is more about the communication challenges of people from different cultures. There's a humorist from Maine who wrote about this, and here is a Youtube clip of the Maine humorist performing.

If you make things with your hands - whether it is art or bread - sometimes there ARE no shortcuts. You have to wait to let the bread rise.  You can help it along, but you can't cut that out of the process out.  You have to wait to let the paint dry.  Yeah, you can dig out the hair dryer and try to help it along, but sometimes a work is ruined by trying to speed things along.
There are so many things in life which can't be hurried, that are worth the slow building up.  Loving people, living with integrity, teaching kids to be resilient and strong -  there are no shortcuts for that. It takes time and our full effort.  
Recognizing there is no shortcut will save a lot of time and/or a heap of trouble.

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