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Motivation

141 | Can we live without an agenda?

Can we live without an agenda? I started thinking about this after I was reading from a Buddhist book of philosophy released by Shambhala Pocket Classics. The text reads:  “Could our minds and our hearts be big enough just to hang out in that space where we're really not entirely certain about who's right and who's wrong? Could we have no agenda when we walk into a room with another person? Not know what to say? Not make that person wrong or right? Could we see, here, feel other people as they really are? It's powerful to practice this way. Because we'll find ourselves continually rushing around to try to feel secure, again, to make ourselves or them either right or wrong. But true communication can happen only in that open space.”

I think there’s a human need to want to feel like what we're doing matters and that our opinions matter. But can you show up in life and freely give of your time and energy without expectation? Just giving because it feels good for you to give and because it makes your heart beat stronger. And being able to listen and not judge and not try to change anybody's mind. I think that we can all benefit from holding your tongue and not saying what’s on your mind just because you want your opinion to be stated.

When you're on the right path, you don't need to prove to somebody else what you're doing. And you don't need to prove to somebody else what they're doing differently is wrong. Too many agendas are being bumped around and we can see what happens when those agendas are not all good or noble, or of service to all. So I think the point here is, if we have any agenda, it should be to do good in the world, to be our best selves and to notice when our need for security and validation in the form of the ego comes up. 

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