Posts Tagged ‘outcomes’

Oh, Still It Was Splendid to Sail It!

July 25, 2011

If your happiness depends on achieving your goals precisely as you have envisioned, on events playing out according to your wishes, or on other people doing exactly what you want them to do, you are condemning yourself to a lifetime of misery.

When everything has to be right, something isn’t.
Stanislaw Lec

Giving your best and learning along the way are more important than the ultimate outcome of your efforts.

And what if I did run my ship (more…)

Are You Sentencing Yourself to Continuous Frustration?

July 24, 2011




Surrendering to God floods your heart with peace and invigorates your weary spirit. With humility and gratitude, you place your goals in God’s hands.

It constantly happens that the Lord permits a soul to fall so that it may grow humbler.
Saint Teresa of Avila





You boldly and confidently move forward, trusting that (more…)

Life Is Like a Game of Cards

July 22, 2011




In the chess game of life, you are faced with a particular universe of choices at any given moment.





Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will.
Jawaharlal Nehru

With every move, that universe is reconfigured, creating new possibilities and eliminating old ones.

Every turn in your life, every time you decide, you become (more…)

The Only Path to the Unknown

July 21, 2011






Let go of the belief that success is measured by specific results and you awaken to a wondrous new world bursting with adventure and opportunity.

When the outcome drives the process, we will only ever go to where we’ve already been.
Jean Meltesen





Fixate on outcomes and you risk stagnation. Dedicate yourself to (more…)

The Delight of Detachment

January 27, 2011

Every spiritual teacher intones the same three-word mantra, “Detach from outcomes.” Perhaps you’ve recoiled at the thought. After all, who wants to go through life detached, like a ghost walking through a vibrant, festive party filled with laughter and all the delights this world has to offer?

Ah, but detaching from outcomes does not mean that you are apathetic and unmotivated. Quite the contrary. Detachment means that you (more…)