What does Meditation achieve?

We live in a goal-driven society. What we do is measured and evaluated constantly.  So for a person who meditates, what is the outcome?  What do we achieve?
Meditation is not about achieving anything ourselves.  It is about being open to the work of God's Spirit in us.  In the encounter with God, we bring ourselves, as we are, with all our contradictions and failings, to be touched by His unifying Love.
Through meditation we become more connected with our daily lives and with the people around us.
The fruits of meditation are peace and joy.  We learn to accept ourselves and others for who we are.  We learn to love.
"Come to me all you who labour and are heavy-burdened
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, for I am gentle and lowly of heart, and you will find rest for your souls."