We set goals that we think will guide us through the course of life. But we forget that our goals are not so much conscious choices as they are aggregates of our innate disposition, our particular conditioning, and ever-changing life circumstances. To think that we can will our destiny is a false prop, the vanity of needing to see ourselves as the agent of change.
Ezra Bayda with Josh Bartok Saying Yes to Life (Even the Hard Parts)
(Boston, Wisdom Publications, 2005: p. 79)