The Tao doesn’t take sides;
it gives birth to both good and evil.
The Master doesn’t take sides;
she welcomes both saints and sinners.
The Tao is like a bellows:
it is empty yet infinitely capable.
The more you use it, the more it produces;
the more you talk of it, the less you understand.
Hold on to the center.
— From Tao Te Ching, by Stephen Mitchell
The market doesn’t care if I’m long or short, in the green or in the red. It’s completely unaware of my existence, my needs, my wants, my anxieties, my hopes. It is easy and natural to want to blame someone or something else when things aren’t going well, just as it is easy to take all the credit when things are going great.
Both are wrong.
Instead of viewing the Market as something I should complain about or celebrate the “mastery” of, my attention should be focused on the immensity of opportunity that is ever present, just waiting to be discovered. The more I tap into that, the more the Market shall produce for me. Less talk, more discovery.