You can plan everything, if you plan in accordance with your present state. You don’t plan something in terms of what you would like to be. No one can do that. You can only plan based on what you are now. Now you need a job, therefore you are working on finding one. The real way of being without aim or object is dealing with the present situation, the completely present situation. The more you are realistic about the present situation—how much money you need, what kind of job you are capable of doing, what state of health you are in—the better your chances when your look for a job. If a person is off the track of relating with the present moment, consumed with what might be, then quite likely her job search would be disastrous.
From “Communication,” in Work, Sex, Money: Real Life on the Path of Mindfulness, pages 98 to 99.