Forget the ideal, and be aware of what you are

Like most people, you have ideals, have you not?

And the ideal is not real, not factual; it is what should be, it is something in the future.

Now, what I say is this: forget the ideal, and be aware of what you are. Do not pursue what should be, but understand what is. The understanding of what you actually are is far more important than the pursuit of what you should be.

Why?

Because, in understanding what you are, there begins a spontaneous process of transformation; whereas, in becoming what you think you should be, there is no
change at all, but only a continuation of the same old thing in a different form.

– Krishnamurti