The irony of the shortcut is that they are actually detours in disguise.
I had a friend growing up who absolutely refused to sit at a train crossing and wait. He would rather pull a u-turn in the middle of the road and race down to the next cross street, usually taking two or three times longer than just waiting.
We unfortunately assume that whatever route is quickest must be the best. At times, however, by taking the short route we unintentionally stunt the process of growth and development in our life. We become so enamored with progress or forward movement, we are quick to dismiss any stage of life that forces us to wait or get outside our comfort zone.
Can I encourage you with this? Please don’t assume the shortcut will get you to your destination any quicker. Be willing to embrace the process, no matter how uncomfortable that process may be.