7. The Principle of Immediate Action
If you pursue an end, you enchain yourself. If everything you do is realized as though it were an end in itself, you liberate yourself.
When we have a goal, we may tend to concentrate only on this, giving little importance to all of the steps to be taken in order to achieve the goal. These steps distress us, they give us the feeling of loosing time or sacrificing ourselves, and this suffering seems to be the price we have to pay to achieve our goal, since we are convinced that we will not be happy before that moment in the future. But these steps are in fact important and should be considered in the most positive way possible. These steps have value, because they are a part of our lives: all of the actions that we accomplish are important, they have an impact on others, they teach us something and they help us develop our qualities. Thus, we can live in a more joyful way, and we can always feel good, satisfied with our lives.