Regular readers will be aware of my admiration of the Zen master, Thich Nhat Hanh, known by his students and followers as Thay images-55 (“teacher”).

When one of those students approached him with a question: “Why should I meditate?”, Thay’s answer was swift and – as always – profoundly simple: “Because you like it”.

Why write a symphony? Because you like it.

Why put up a bookshelf? Foster a deeper relationship? Make more money? Because you like it.

File a report? Bake a cake? Set up a committee? Because you like it.

Throw a party? Form a peace movement? Arrange a meeting? Because you like it.

Any other reason and you are also, consciously or unconsciously, generating side-effects that are going to complicate your creation.