Taking Shortcuts

When I was a small child of only around 8 or 9 years old, I had an Asian woman (Vietnamese, as I remember it) as a babysitter. My mom, a single mom doing her best in the 70’s, relied on this woman to provide the care for me that was needed, especially for a child with an “overactive imagination”. I don’t remember her name, but I remember watching the following story unfold.

We were returning from a shopping excursion after picking up only a few things. So, as we returned from the store, and into the same apartment complex I lived in, we both walked from the car and into the building. As she made her way, she decided to take a trip through the grass. I, being the one to not like to cut through the grass, decided to continue on the sidewalk until I reached the front doors. As she began to pull on the door to open the main entrance, she yelped and grabbed for her pants, somewhere near the upper-thigh area. She exclaimed, “There is something there!” I wasn’t quite sure what she meant, so I paid close attention to her movements. She slowly made her way up the steps to the second floor and slowly turned the key in the door to her and her husband’s apartment, holding firmly onto something in her pants.

As we made our way in, she moved quickly to the bedroom and I sat the few bags of groceries on the table in anticipation of her return to put them away. After a few minutes, she came out of the bedroom clad in a towel covering the lower portion of her body, and her hand wrapped around a wad of toilet paper. She explained that a BUMBLEBEE had apparently made his way up the leg of her jeans and had become wedged and unable to break free. She showed me the evidence and I stood back a little, seeing the small corpse in the wad of TP.

I had surmised that, because she decided to take a shortcut through the grass, she instantly became the unwitting target of the bee, who then found himself wedged firmly up her jeans. And it brings a thought into my life: Taking shortcuts can be dangerous.

Do not take shortcuts with your life or career choices. Work hard to make the right decisions, but at the same time, strive to always do better. You’ll thank yourself in the long run and find that, taking shortcuts can sometimes be damaging to you; almost living life dangerously.