There is the five year plan, the ten year plan. It is all well to plan if we find joy in it, but what if we did so without expectation? What if we lived altogether without expectation? What does that look like?
It means joy in the action-taking, not in the preconceived idea of the outcome. It means doing work that has joy in the doing, not in the outcome of the work once done. It means creating truly from our souls without thought of who else will like it, who may judge it, or how many ‘likes’ it may receive.
The sculptor who sculpts in joy, the painter who paints in joy, the artist who creates in joy, will not quit the activity if they are dissatisfied with their piece when it is finished because the point of creating was the joy of creation, not in the object created.
If we run to lose weight, if we only work for money, if we only garden for the blossomed flower, then we will not stay with it, unless we ultimately find joy in the doing.
What is an expectation of success to you? Is it money or affluence? Is it power? Is it freedom?
Or what if the idea of “success” did not exist at all?
What if we had no idea of success as an outcome, but as a doing in joy and in love? If we live through our hearts, this is possible. If we live through our minds, there is always a problem to solve, a finished project to accomplish, a waiting of something to improve the present, for that is its job. If there was no issue, no future goal envisioned or to obtain, then it knows no purpose for its survival.
But if we live from our heart. What does it look like to live from our heart?
It looks like the runner running because they love the action and feel of their legs moving, their heart beating.
It looks like the caregiver loving their patient while taking their blood pressure.
It looks like the chef creating a dish for the love of nourishment and flavor and tasting sensations.
It looks like the parent loving watching their child play the sport they love, win or lose, college scholarship or one year of playing and finished. No expectation.
Several minds are now saying, does that mean we do nothing that sounds like something we do not want to do? Does that mean we only do things that always bring us joy?
This is a problem of the mind. There is always joy in the present moment if we allow our minds to stop pushing us into the a different place than we are right now. It could also be a conditioned thought that we must do work we do not find joy in to attain what we need. Or that the activities we find joy in can not sustain us. These are all false beliefs that our mind loves to hold on to.
When work is done solely through the mind, for an achievement or an imagined date of ‘success’, it is all done for the receiving of love, of acceptance, of approval.
But when we live through our hearts, our mind has already received all of the love and acceptance and approval it will ever need. And it is free to live in the experience of joy in doing, not in a future imagined date of accomplishment.