We are conditioned by an achievement-based and goal-orientated society to be focusing on the future and the arrival at the end, with no time for the steps in between, we do not want to be where we are, we want to be at the moment of mastering.
Mastering something is all about patience, focus, being in the moment and enjoying each of the steps. It is about now and wanting to be where we are at this moment. We can only ever do something now in this moment and the joy of doing leads to the mastering.
It is not about the goal itself.
Life is the means, not the end.
Lastly, I have just updated my art gallery page, a selection of work over the last 6 years from beginner to enjoying the daily journey. If you have a moment take a look here The Art of Change
Most of us are engaged as knowledge workers, where we do mainly repetitive and not very fulfiling daily tasks. It leaves a discontent, a feeling that we are not really making a difference.
We can’t all be entrepreneurs or freelancers, we can’t all quit our jobs immediately and roam the world. Of course, over a period of time, anything is achievable.
However, we can choose on a daily basis to do some art, to write a journal, to craft something, to make something, baking a cake, cooking, singing, playing the guitar…to do a small thing that gives a sense of contributing, of doing something that is purposeful. Stepping away from the dripping tap of distraction that is the digital unreal world of unconsciousness.
We live in a world that is instant everything, yet we are so unsatisfied. Satisfaction comes from being present and focusing on one thing, often a simple thing, that brings us real joy and taking our time to enjoy it, not rushing to elsewhere.