One must be careful not to spend life solely in pursuit. Achievers are wired to pursue. We pursue knowledge, success, holiness and so on. The feeling that we are drawing close to that which we pursue is a kind of narcotic that keeps us moving. However, the urge to pursue can blind us to the value of the present tense.
Life must be lived in the present, and pursuing a goal must somehow be experienced in the present. If one’s attention is only on that which one is pursuing, then one’s attention cannot be on the experience of the pursuing. The full of impact of living is thus drained away from our present tense experience. I do not want to live to pursue; I want to pursue to live.