If a man [or woman] knows not what harbor he seeks, any wind is the right wind.
Indeed that's how a lot of people chart their lives. John Maxwell, the respected leadership guru, drives home the point with this picturesque description:
Not knowing what long-term direction they are heading for, they bounce around like a ball in a pinball machines. They live reactive lives based on what happens to them , rather than proactive lives based on what values are in them. They live their life "by accident" rather than "on-purpose."
The challenge then is for us to be "live wires" rather than mindless pinballs.