Don’t let difficult times make you forget your blessings.

Even if 2020 did not prove to be a banner year, the opportunity to count one’s blessings facilitates the ability to live with gratitude.

We have weathered numerous crises: political, financial and medical, and yet we are still standing strong, ready to face whatever the future will bring with all the strength, ingenuity,  intelligence and compassion that we can muster.

None of this makes up for the countless losses and disappointments and tragedies that have ensued.

But in the words of one of the great sages of our time:

You can’t always get what you want

But if you try sometime you just might find

You get what you need.

Stay safe over this holiday. Protect your loved ones by visiting with them over camera.

And recognize that perhaps there are deeper blessings that come out of circumstances, we just have to look a little harder for them❤️

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!