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The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow

The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow

April 27, 2024

Yikes! An earthquake in New Jersey? A solar eclipse darkening the skies at midday? Next thing you know, there’ll be swarms of locusts! Oops, it’s cicadas that will be descending in the billions. What on Earth is going on?! 

These natural spectacles used to portend disaster, now they are a welcome respite from today’s dreadful politics. If only I could look into my crystal ball and reassure everyone that there will be no drama this year. If only I could visit Ollivander’s Wand Shop to pick up a divination wand, then Dan and I would have more clients than we could possibly handle! My best alternative is to offer some timeless wisdom from an ancient sage:

 “They lose the day in expectation of the night, and the night in fear of the dawn.” — Seneca

I know that when stock prices plummet, our amygdala in the temporal lobe of our brain elicits a fear response that is hazardous to our financial health. We envision financial ruin, sleepless nights, and a bleak future. Our minds are consumed by the temporary losses imagining them to be permanent. But in this very fear lies the paradox: we lose the present day and the opportunities it holds, by fixating on an uncertain future.

 We harbor an illusion of control. Of course, we don’t have control, and that realization breeds anxiety. We convince ourselves that by viewing our accounts, we can somehow determine the outcome. Yet, like the night yielding to the dawn, market cycles are way beyond our grasp. We forget that investing is a marathon, not a sprint.

 Seneca’s quote reminds us to cherish each day. Instead of losing ourselves in anticipation of market fluctuations, we should focus on the present. Here’s how:

 Pause, breathe, and assess. The night may seem endless, but it isn’t.

  • Understand market dynamics, historical trends, and the cyclical nature of investments. The night may be dark, but dawn always follows.
  • Stocks rise and fall, but over time, they ascend. Invest with a long-term perspective, knowing that the sun will rise again.
  • Fear thrives on uncertainty. Accept that markets are unpredictable.

 As Seneca wisely counsels, let us not lose our days in futile anticipation or our nights in dread. The stock market has its seasons. By embracing uncertainty, we can weather storms with resilience. So, when fear knocks, remember that dawn awaits. The darkest nights often precede the most glorious sunrises.

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