Let go the goal of unnecessary riches at others' expense. Give up the goal of wealth. You probably have as much money as you need. Much more may bring more trouble, not less.
Let go the goal of total self-sufficiency. You will never achieve it, and you will destroy your relationships with others while trying.
Give up the goal of independence. The world does not work that way. The sublime is relational and interdependent; and anyway, your friends want to help you.
Give up the goal of true love. Love, if it is romantic, is never, strictly speaking, true. And if it is not romantic, it is not true love.
Let go the goal of happiness. That sweet bird lights only when least expected.
Let go the goal of fame. Its concave mirror distorts as it amplifies.
Treat these goals and others like them as powerful medicines, useful as prescribed, but dangerous if misused. Keep out of the reach of children.
- The final words of Living Without A Goal, by James Ogilvy, A Currency Book, 1995.