When I was thinking about penning down my thoughts, the word goal and its connection with happiness was looming large in my mind. Many a times in life a situation arises when you start feeling that having no goal is being more successful and keeps you happy rather than running madly day after day towards a goal which can become fatal not only physically but also mentally and emotionally.
Management mantra says, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”, but our own Bhagvadgita says, “Karma is all what you have control on, results and outcomes are not your domain”. I wish to enjoy the process of exploration rather than a short lived moment of achievement. The goals tend to shift our joy and happiness to some time in future, as if the present moment is not worth the joy.
The stress in our life is a result of expectations that we have from the people and events and when they are not the way we expected them to be we lay a front with the misery and pain, but the life has never happened and will never happen the way we would want it to, and this unhappy struggle will persist throughout our lives. But that’s not what living is all about. The true joy of life is exploring and creating to the best of potential you are gifted with. Where did this goal concept came in the way of exploration, how we got in this maze of success through winning.
Our great defect in life is that we are so much drawn to the ideal, the goal is so much captivating and enchanting and so big in our mental horizon that we lose sight of the details altogether.
The power bestowed by nature to us is to utilise the resources of our mind, body, emotion and energy to the best of their capacity for a mutual fulfilment of all those lives we touch across each day. The best that can happen to anyone will happen as a perfect union of these four capacities only, so stating goals set by either society or family or organisations do not hold that much strength which can propel us to perform our best. Let the best be OUR BEST not the comparative best.
The life needs to be a joyful sequence of moments rather than numerical counts of achievements which will wither away with the passage of time.