To live a life of anything other than dullness and drudgery requires a goal. You may not ever meet this goal but you must have it and strive for it. There’s something about that metaphorical island out on the horizon, and what lies behind it, that provides a stimulus and at least a scintilla of hope to keep us trudging or slogging forward day after day. Even just a thought about our goal can bring a smile to our faces and lift our spirits for a time and just the knowledge of a goal gives us pride and a sense of purpose. This is not to say that we’re all automatons marking time and need a boost to be more; a goal adds something to even a full and rewarding life, puts a sparkle in the sea of life we’re crossing. The goal may not be a major one and it doesn’t need to be; it can a minor goal that is easy to accomplish and lets you feel good about having fulfilled a promise you made to yourself. Then you have the fun and challenge of setting another goal for yourself; and you know the possibilities are endless. Once you start setting goals for yourself and striving to complete them you’ll find that you don’t want to just get the job done and get it out of the way; most likely you’ll find that you want to do the best you can, having developed a sense of pride from goals already achieved. Formal goals are not for everyone, and that’s fine, but it may be that looking forward to something or anything else you use to make daily life a little more enjoyable has a goal hidden in it somewhere. Aren’t having goals, or at least something to look forward to, a decent way to deal with daily life?