All Goals in Life Are Problematic — Except One
Zat Rana
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“I think it is much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers that might be wrong. If we will only allow that, as we progress, we remain unsure, we will leave opportunities for alternatives… In order to make progress, one must leave the door to the unknown ajar.” Goals, incorrectly, assume that we already know what it is that we want. Interestingness is more humble. It makes up its mind as it moves, slowly blowing from one thing to another, until it eventually grasps something that lies beyond prediction.”

Reality has a nasty habit of interfering with my plans just as my plans start to bear fruit. The unexpected comes knocking at my door and completely throws me off guard. I had my heart set on finishing a project when I get catapulted into an entirely different direction which forced its attention on me. Reality can be very disruptive indeed.

So, what about my long and short term goals? Am I to abandon them just because the unexpected decides to drop by? There is a time and place to let reality have its way and live totally in the moment. I simply surrender to the moment and lose myself in it. There are also times when I have to focus on achieving some goal that has convinced me of it importance. Balancing the two is very difficult indeed. The latter is relentless, while the former is much more inviting, that the tension between them is palpable.

“What is most relevant is unfolding around me right now” both in terms of objective reality and my own reality. And mine definitely needs a break now and then.