A smile, directed inward, outward, or at nothing in particular brightens the world and is a gift to those who see it. The DailyOM
The very first gatha in Thich Nhat Hanh's Present Moment, Wonderful Moment
is called Waking Up
, and of this first moment of the day, he says
If you really know how to live, what better way to start the day than with a smile? Your smile affirms your awareness and determination to live in peace and joy. How many days slip by in forgetfulness? What are you doing with your life? Look deeply, and smile. The source of a true smile is an awakened mind.
:: Google Moon - Lunar Landing Sites
I couldn't resist: Google Moon - Lunar Landing Sites
. If you squint just so, you can see Jade Rabbit, who of course is the versa luna patron lagomorph.
Labels: attitude, computers, moon
:: Caveat Emptor!
I was impressed enough by MarketMonk's patter to comment on it, but please, do not take it as anything more than a suggestion for ideas on straightening up your back and putting your shoulder into your own trading "plan". I'm not a bunker in the hills for the day of reconning type, but something I hold close to my heart is self-sufficiency, particularly when it comes to decisions regarding your own welfare.
If you are at all tempted by such commentaries as MarketMonk's to hand over your hard earned loot, think twice before mailing off a letter of enquiry to a hotmail account!! ixnay, ixnay, ixnay!!
:: A must read for traders intent on success
I must include a link to this post as part of this diary: Taking your Trading to the Next Level
. It points to a website by MarketMonk, whose shares not only glimpses into his trading views, but more importantly, the inner processes that shape and guide his actions.
"Knowing yourself" isn't the holy grail of trading. No more so than is any trading method, a job at a hedge fund, or personal training from a seasoned trader. But having come to a juncture in your life where investing in your self is a first priority, as it was for me on a day over twelve years ago, who you are is more than a job title and more than simply feeding and housing yourself. Separation of your self from what you do is no longer an option, your deeds must reflect your self, as they did before your awareness of that fact dawned on you. Living your life with kindness, courtesy, and compassion isn't a Sunday affair, it's a moment to moment living. Bringing that into your trading becomes a necessity, as important as breathing in and out.
The trick, as ever, is to close the gap ever tighter between the moments of clarity and focus and moments of past conditioning, until there is no past or future, but only the present. No easy task. Glimpses of it now and then should be treasured and remembered for times when you'll want to remind yourself to lighten up. A plan of action, instilled deeply, will bring out that which is needed to propel you forward. And as a parting comment, to confuse focus with being serious is a grave mistake, and very much a part of past conditioning. Having good fun and laughter, for me, is vital, as living isn't a dry as dust serious affair, but rather a once in a lifetime opportunity full of fizz and sparkle. Let it be so.