This is a continuation of past wealth management journal entries. It's a series that I began blogging on 11/20/2012 with "A Path To Prosperity" and continued until 12/20/2012 when I left off with "Dollar Cost Averaging."
Two months past since the last time I saw my mentor. “How have you been since our last conversation?” He asked with a smile and a firm handshake as we sat to sip coffee and talk.
“You know,” I began, “that I’ve been studying and practicing financial services.”
“Yes.” He nodded, smiled, and sipped from his steaming mug of dark roast coffee.
“I’ve been working long hours, month after month, determined to be a wealthy man!”
My mentor chuckled, smiled, and sat his mug on the table. “You must rest, Chris.” He said, rising to his feet. However, I was anxious to continue.
“I’m not the least bit fatigued,” I insisted, “and can't imagine resting until I have achieved all that I dream about. Even then, I am afraid there will be no time to rest.”
My mentor rested his hand on my shoulder and smiled reassuringly, “You must rest, Chris.”
I must have looked surprised and confused because he said, “I understand your alarm. This strikes you as counter productive. Be aware, if you truly desire to have wealth and enjoy life, then you must understand," he again sat in his chair, “when we rest, our mind sorts through what we are doing and stores it permanently. Our imagination connects new information with old information, and creates new associations and original ideas. At odd moments when we stop thinking and working we have new ideas and conceive solutions to our problems.”
Interjecting, I said, “Lately, in the middle of the night, I wake abruptly and have a moment of clarity, a flash of insight…”
“Eureka!” He continued with a smile, “When we digress from thinking and working on the problems we seek solutions for, we can enter a state of true recreation.”
With a boyish grin he said, “Every day, I sit or lay down in stillness, and get forty winks.”
“Forty winks?” I echoed.
“I have trained myself to close my eyes,” he said as his eyes slowly closed, “relax my body,” as he leaned back against the chair taking a deep breath, “still my mind…” his voice faded and his breath became rhythmic.
“I can’t believe it!” I thought, “He’s taking a nap! So, I found a deck of playing cards and occupied myself with a game of Solitaire. After some time – a striking mental image appeared to me! I grabbed my pen and journal and wrote all that I saw in my mind’s eye.
My mentor opened his eyes, breathed deeply, and said, “Creativity occurs following a period of incubation. The mind synthesizes information apart from deliberate thinking. I have trained myself to focus on breathing and relaxing. Rest is as vital to our well being as exercise and consuming the food and water our bodies need.”
I put down my pen and paper. Then I looked at my mentor with a smile and a sense of renewal. “Regarding our financial discussions," he said, "next time, let’s talk about what you’re learning through your personal finance studies and practice of financial services.”
I said, “Okay!” as we walked out the coffee shop together.
Chris Bryant is an American financial advisor.