Day Trading

Seth Godin wrote a great post this week and I’d like to add some thoughts about day trading/tracking–what bitcoin owners might be tempted to do as a result of bitcoin’s volatility.

When anything of value strings out our emotions–unpredictable highs and lows–we find ourselves obsessing. Bitcoin is just an example, though. If we’re aware enough to watch for it, we can see where volatility exists in our lives and where we create it. Sometimes we like the unpredictable highs and lows, even if we don’t realize it.

What throws you off? What do you day trade or try to track for a sense of security even when you know you have no control over a given situation? Focus on what you can control, namely, the attention and emotions currently focusing on your version of pointless day trading.

The major work of the world is not done by geniuses. It is done by ordinary people, with balance in their lives, who have learned to work in an extraordinary manner.

Gordon B. Hinckley

What Are You Thinking?

Your thoughts matter. Listen. What’s the internal monologue you’re hearing? Are your thought patterns automated on the same loop? Pay attention.

You don’t necessarily need better thoughts or more positive ones, you just need to know what you’re thinking and know those thought patterns aren’t you, so don’t identify with them. That’s it. There is no secret solution, no perfect recipe for self-improvement.

Once you can recognize your thoughts as just thoughts, life becomes less complicated. You’re able to detach from dominating monologues you’ve been hearing for years, which gives you the option to process differently. You are not your thoughts, just know what you’re thinking.

Rather than being your thoughts and emotions, be the awareness behind them.

Eckhart Tolle

The most complicated skill is to be simple.

Dejan Stojanovic

This Makes Me Feel Human

You’ve heard or said it before. “This” is a constituent of the things you value most. It’s an essential aspect of living and I hope we all know it well.

We have common humanness check points. I think this is the beauty of us—shared humanity—we have something in common with everyone we meet.

Keep people away from boxes and labels. We like labeling (at a certain point it’s unavoidable), but when we do it constantly, we’re inadvertently doing it to ourselves. Once we say, “That person is [x] because of [y],” we’ve created an opposite. Assumedly, we are the opposite, the “non-[x]” person, and we’ve created a barrier. It’s isolating for ourselves and others.

What if we saw people as variations of ourselves? What does it really mean to feel human? What does the [x] person have in common with you, anyway?

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.

Mother Teresa

People do not seem to realise that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.

Anne Frank

The Art of Solitude

One’s inner voices become audible [and] in consequence, one responds more clearly to other lives. – Wendell Berry

Psychologists can confirm that “fertile solitude” is the basic unit of a full and content life. It’s rejuvenating to slow things down, reflect inward, imagine, and create on our own terms. Solitude elicits original thought. It opens other corridors for our minds to wonder without interruption. It is clarity and emotion and simplicity on an undefinable, incommunicable plane.

If solitude is a natural state of being, it is one we must remember to revisit often. Loneliness is not defined by being alone. It is defined by feeling isolated and sad without friends or company. Yet sometimes being by ourselves is company enough, especially when the world feels too crowded already. Often the people we feel closest to are those that offer us the feeling of being by ourselves, because we have discovered a similar self in someone else.