I'm going to do something today that I do not do often enough here at The Financial Philosopher: Write a blog post with no real preparation...
First, I must comment on the action this week in financial markets, which is a disappointing yet fascinating display of human behavior. All the activity and frantic motion, bordering on panic, only reminds me of what I have learned over the last several years of managing investments; studying the markets and personal finance; working with individuals to plan their financial future; starting my own business; becoming a father; and "stumbling upon" the profound power and wisdom of ancient philosophy:
- The more I learn about the markets and the human behavior that comes with it, the more comfort and peace I feel with the grounding wisdom that philosophy provides.
- As the world's focus narrows on money, my focus actually widens to see the big picture.
- As people wonder, "What should I do?" I find resolve in answering the same question to myself: "The same as I've been doing all along."
As I freely write my thoughts on the week, one theme seems to be emerging: When we are limited in our vision, it just may be that we are limiting it ourselves, whether we know it or not.
Just like the frog in the well, we are limited by what we see in our nearest surroundings. When our surroundings (i.e. stock market turmoil, personal relationship problems, career issues, the presidential election) are troubling we tend to shrink as our perception of the problem widens.
If we adjust our perception appropriately and consciously and choose to step away or, in the frog's case, climb out of the well, we will clearly see that where we are (or were) is something small and insignificant.
Climb out of that well and have an enjoyable weekend...
Wow! That post only took me 10 minutes to write! Let me know your thoughts...