The students of an enlightened monk walked up to him as he was working in his garden and asked, "If you knew you had only only 15 minutes left to live, what would you do?" The monk smiled, said "This" and went back to his gardening.
At every step of life, we are continuing to act but are those actions
the ends in themselves or are they simply means to something else?
When actions become means, expectations indefinitely arise, and if we
"garden" with expectations for the fruits of our actions, our
gardening doesn't hold any meaning without the fruit. But when each
action is an end in itself, we select each action consciously so that
our decisions are no longer dependent on circumstances over which we
have no control. Our gardening may very well lead to some fruit, but
we don't let this possibility govern the present moment of gardening;
we simply continue doing "this" and meditate with each action.