Shortcuts in Life

There are hundreds of time-saving, money-saving, and stress-reducing short cuts available to make life better for all of us. We’d be foolish not to look for them and use as many of them as possible! Let there be no question, though, that the most important things in life—in fact, the things that best define what life is all about have no short cuts!

I remember picking up a little book many years ago (and it seemed to be an old book even way back then!) with an appealing title for a guy like me who was studying math in university: “Calculus Made Easy”. I didn’t buy the book to help me learn calculus better—I bought it as a novelty, because its title promised so much.

As I assumed, the title boasted a bold lie—because there is just no way to make calculus easy! It’s not that calculus is so very hard, but it takes concentration and not just a little study to master it. I suppose everything seems easy when you finally understand it. Most things (calculus included) can be mastered by a regular, methodical, attention to the details at hand—one step at a time.

Don’t be intimidated by the enormity of the undertaking or its degree of difficulty. Make a start, and plan to touch it daily and thoughtfully. There are no shortcuts to a fulfilled life, or to success in any venture. The pathway to each, though, is clear, tried, and true: One step at a time.

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