You know how some people love to take short cuts thinking that somehow they can circumvent the process that is necessary to accomplish the ultimate goal?
You’re taking the long way around the barn
Some might think of this one differently than me and that is absolutely okay! This is how I think of it and have thus taught my girls to think of it…
When I say, “You’re taking the long way around the barn,” it means you’re trying to take a shortcut and there are no such things. Sometimes it may mean I’m taking way too long to tell a story, but most of the time it’s about shortcuts.
Lots of people are trying to circumvent the system. What I mean by that is while it is absolutely necessary to find easier, more efficient ways of doing things it is not however a good idea to not do something correctly and completely.
Allow me to give you an example. One week one of my daughters keeps the bathrooms looking squeaky clean while the other daughter does the dinner dishes that includes making sure the kitchen also looks squeaky clean. Then the next week they switch.
One of my daughters…I won’t name names but she knows who she is…likes to circumvent the system by going around what it really entails to do her jobs well. Aka: doing such a bad job that she has to start over and do it again.
I tell her all the time…”You’re taking the long way around the barn. If you had just done a great job the first time you would be done.” She is still a person who continues to take the long way around the barn at most things and my other daughter does at times too. We all do. It just doesn’t work out well at all 🙂
What do you do to take the long way around the barn?
Much love! -Teresa