I have often contemplated the diversity of advice one can give in relation to outcome versus process. It confuses us all because there seems to be a disagreement between the two. On one hand, be in the moment, live for the now, celebrates process "god is in the details." While on the other, one can say, if you don't plan, you plan to fail, the future drives the present.
A person without a vision is a dangerous thing. Their emotions and appetites lead them to anywhere with a sweet smell. Directly opposed to this, a person with a vision can be like a puppet on a string and forget the importance of their humanity, kindness, friendliness and love.
In my life, I find myself continually grappling with this question of process versus outcome. My wish is to have both, to align what I do, feel and say daily, with what I want, desire and wish for annually.
Micro management of life, which seems to be mirrored in this desire to align process and outcome doesn't always feel great. Sometimes, it feels contrived or time wasting. But that is because things continually change, and we are usually surprised and therefore disappointed when they do change.
Vision solves the problem of boredom, we have a vision because it excites us and puts what we do, in a repetitive sense, in context. We eat, sleep and catch colds daily and if it weren't for vision, we'd just cave in and surrender to the relentless.
Presence solves the problem of absence, which, if we were left not to worry about the present, would sabotage our safety and happiness. We are drawn to the moment because that's where life really exists. Here and now.
I use vision to keep my heart open and engaged in enthusiasm and youthful anticipation of all things good. I use presence to celebrate what is and to make sure I remain awake to the beauty and luck of life as it is. One could argue that vision keeps me relevant in Western eyes and presence keeps me here, in Eastern eyes. East meets West.
Maybe, just maybe the inner (Eastern Satisfaction with what we've got) and the outer (Western appetite for what we haven't got) can actually work together in harmony.