A Brave Man Is A Man Who Dares To Look The Devil In The Face And Tell Him He Is A Devil.

Having the courage to call something for what it is is not always the easiest courage to summon.

Whether the devil is a bully on the playground, a workmate, an employer, a teacher, politician, government official, or other, many times the choice to call the devil a devil comes with significant consequences.

So what is it that propels us to garner enough courage to stare the Devil in the face and call it out for what it is?

Sometimes it is intense dissatisfaction with whatever the status quo is. Other times, it is the threat of something that is imminent that could be avoided by speaking out in advance.

I think when we take personal inventory as to our collective position in relation to the instance that requires staring the devil in the face, we make a choice that is the lesser of two evils and eventually we act upon it.

Sometimes we feel infinitely more relieved for having bolstered the courage to do this, other times we feel intense remorse for creating a confrontation that could have potentially been avoided, and we learn empirically for future instances as to how we might choose to engage. Or not.

When we have finally had enough, the courage finds its way right into our throat and into our brain and we say what must be said. It is not always a pleasant experience, but we always grow through the experience and emerge better on the other side.

I hope your Wednesday brings you great joy🌈

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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!