"Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated" - Confuscious
Finding and getting what you want is not what we have been taught. Tireless pursuit, self sacrifice, SMART goals and 10 year plans whilst they have their uses, can lead you on a journey similar to a dog chasing its own tail.
The truth is, that hard work, goals and plans are never the destination, they are the signposts that point the way to the destination. Useful for the traveller so that they know they are travelling in the right direction. Signposts can only ever provide a momentary delight as we notice the clear and meaningful progress towards something more important.
What are we really looking for?
“There are 2 reasons why you don’t know what you want. 1. You already have it. 2. You don’t know your self” - Alan Watts
Interestingly "Know thyself" was the first of the maxims inscribed on top of the temple of Apollo in ancient Greece.