Philosophy: Being Present

We start every morning with a new plan to do, meeting to attend, work to be finished, and child to be taken care of. I know we are all busy person, it could be our family, our job, study, or even friends that need constant support from us. But it’s good to be busy, it keeps our brain working, and our life in a purpose. Besides all our plan for today, we need to take care of ourself, our body need quality food to run the cells, our mind need thought to sharpened it, and our ego need other’s love. Being present, or aware of every action that you do is important to fulfill your sense of satisfaction in life. We are doing the same thing over and over again every day, perhaps for many years that we are so good at doing it, it’s like buttoning a shirt. Although it is good to be fluent in our daily habbit, it is important for us to simply be aware of what we do and assess the situation, what could be improved or eleminated. Take an example of swearing every bad news come into our life, the first time we do it, we are aware of it, but then we swear again and again without even knowing what we say. That’s a sign for us to reflect our habbit, and eleminate things or action that hold us from improving ourself. Here’s some of my thought how to be present and enjoy our life, whether we like to do a task or not:

1. Every morning before doing anything, sit down calmly for at least 10 minutes and describe to yourself what you are going to do today and plan something you never do before. It could be small things like taking a different route to work, or wear an old dress, anything.

2. Do the same activity differently. If you used to take an elevator to your office in 20th floor, why not take an elevator to the 18th and take stairs from there? You’ll find things you never thought was there before (like there’s a broom in every emergency door in your office)

3. Skip your daily routine for a day. If you always take a latte every morning, then skip one today. If you always read a newspaper before going to office, try to read one after you are in the office. Maybe you’ll find more effective way to your habbit!

and most importantly, having a good night sleep does help you to be more aware of you activity. Have a splendid day guys and girls!

About Kevin

Kevin is an Emerging Markets Research Analyst at a global macro investment firm based in Montreal, Canada. Originally trained to be a medical doctor, he found his passion in capital markets after being involved in managing portion of his family’s equity portfolio. Kevin holds Masters degree in both finance and management, has passed all levels of CFA exam, and is a certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM), Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) and Professional Financial Modeller (PFM). He read voraciously and has a hobby of tinkering (read: programming) his systematic equity and volatility trading model for the “Quantimental” investment firm he founded. In his spare time, Kevin likes to travel the world and become a freelance photographer for Getty Images. To date, he has a portfolio of over 1200 pictures across 35 countries.
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