It is a habit to look at things with the intention of getting something, which is known as pragmatism. However, with mindfulness, we can stop this habit and instead look deeply into something to understand it.
For example, an artist may look at a flower and begin thinking about how they can paint it in the most beautiful way. This is pragmatism. If the artist practices mindfulness, they will not need to think about how to paint the flower—they will be able to stop, look at the flower deeply, and naturally paint it, and it will be a beautiful painting.
Your life is a work of art. When you practice mindfulness and act with awareness and integrity, your art will flower beautifully and serve the world in a positive way.