You wrote:
>I think I understand that is the MOTIVATION that is important. If a person 
>has a driving desire to be a Phd in a subject that interests them, then if 
>the person pursues the subject they are studying with curiousity and they 
>focus on what they are doing today then that is the objective but if they 
>are driven to crave the PhD in the future without thinking of the path to 
>get there then that is where the problem is?

I think your thoughts above are close, but obtaining a PhD is a goal.  LEARNING 
MORE ABOUT [whatever] is not a goal, it is an activity.  Now you could pursue 
the learning aspect by many means, one of which would be enrolling in college 
and taking courses which might eventually lead to a PhD - BUT, the PhD is only 
incidental to the activity.  It is not the activity itself.

Also, what I think Buddha and Jesus both said were more along the lines of 
living in the present.  Using the example above, if you are going to class 
every day and studying every night - then you should pour yourself TOTALLY into 
each activity you are doing IN THE PRESENT.  You should wake up welcoming the 
new day, do your morning exercises as best you can, take your shower and dry 
off with all your awareness, fix and eat your breakfast with reverence and 
thanks, drive to class focusing all your attention on the drive, attend class 
while focusing all your attention on the teacher's instructions, etc...  You 
should NOT wake up and rush through your morning resenting the interruption of 
your sleep, shower quickly and eat your breakfast in a rush while trying to 
catch the first 15 mins of CNN, drive to class while thinking about your 
upcoming test or the cute girl/guy who sits next to you in class, fidget 
through your class hoping it will end quickly so you and the cute guy/girl 
sitting next to you could go to the beach or park.

This is what I mean by living in the present, not dwelling on the past or 
dreaming about the future.



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