We all have goals – and we talk about things being a means to an end. Today Bill asked which was more important. I thought about it, and went beyond my usual idea that means are more important.
The ends don’t exist.
We have ideas about where and what we want to be, and who we want to be with and what we want to be doing. They drive us. But we never get there.
That’s not to say chasing goals is a waste of energy. We get somewhere and it’s often somewhere good.
The goals we started with fade into the oblivion that is the past.
This moment, who you are with, what you are doing – these are the most important things in your life. Sure, we need goals and direction for motivation and an excuse to live, but that’s about it.
Being wrapped up in the future means ignoring all the awesome wonderful things going on today. And it means eternal dissatisfaction because the future never arrives. Well, it’s easy to say but we all do it.
The present is reality – the past is a memory and the future an imaginary figment. Great people do small things well.