Yoga Sutra 2.39 When one is steadfast in non-possessiveness or non-grasping with the senses (aparigraha), there arises knowledge of the why and wherefore of past and future incarnations.
(aparigraha sthairye janma kathanta sambodhah)
Aparigraha: non-possessiveness, non-attachment, non-greediness.
Aparigraha is a yama, or moral codes, outlined in the Yoga Sutras. One of the interpretations tells us to not be attached to the outcome but to place attention and intention in the process -- the outcome will be revealed. Too often in life, we attach ourselves and our feelings to the perfect end result of a scenario or goal. We want that end result to be just how we imagined it but we disregard and discredit where the real work occurs: in the present. To give our full attention to the present means to focus on the process. It means the outcome of the end goal can only be affected by the action or inaction we take Right. Now. (Those dishes ain't gonna do themselves...) And even still, the outcome we desire may not manifest because we cannot control the weather (physically and metaphorically), or the actions of others, or anything outside of ourselves for that matter. The more we cling, the more we suffer. Put your heart and intention into the present (the process), and the work will reciprocate with the meaning and purpose you're longing for. This is a practice that will take choosing presence, patience and vulnerability over and over again in order to transcend the attachment to purely results-driven work (maybe dishes and laundry are an exception to this...) Regardless of the outcome, we stand up and take that process by the hand, trudging forward in pursuit of creation, purpose, joy and happiness. We choose to live in the present because that's where life actually happens.