When we set out on any project or journey, we always have a goal in mind, and the people, like Buckminster Fuller, who have clear goals are usually most successful. Yet, Bucky had another perspective in his mission to create “a world that works for everyone.”
After decades of trial and error, he realized that he rarely ended up at the goal he had set. His larger intention was usually achieved, but the specific destination or goal was often much different from what he thought it was going to be.
In fact he often told his audiences,
"I didn't set out to design a house that hung from a pole, or to manufacture a new type of automobile, invent a new system of map projection, develop geodesic domes, or Energetic-Synergetic geometry. I started with the Universe -- as an organization of energy systems of which all our experiences and possible experiences are only local instances the principles operating in Universe, I could have ended up with a pair of flying slippers.”
And this is a lesson, we can all learn from. When starting any project or journey, it’s important to have a goal or destination as well as an overall intention. It’s not such a good idea to be extremely attached to that specific goal or destination because we’ll probably end up somewhere else or with some other result. That’s the magic and joy of the journey.
May we all enjoy the journey of our lives because the result may not be what we anticipated.