A good traveler is one who knows how to travel with the mind.


When you travel, do you leave your mind behind? 

Isn’t the entire purpose of traveling for recreational purposes to relax and leave your mind in pause mode? Do you ever feel when you are operating in life, as if you can never escape from yourself, because wherever you go, there you are? 

Understanding the specifics surrounding successful travel could not be more important to your health, safety, and overall life experience. Travel, by definition, is leaving your current place of residence and moving temporarily to somewhere else. Is that always stressful?

I believe that understanding your frame of reference could not be more important to your overall success. There are unquestionably certain stress points that are triggered as you move from your current living quarters to anything that is remote. In that process, you may quickly discover a host of Inconveniences that begin to plague what could potentially be an incredibly enjoyable respite from your traditional engagements. So what is it specifically that enables you to traverse these unknown issues with grace, diplomacy, and patience?

That would most certainly be your attitude. Once you are able to switch your brain into the understanding that things are not going to be your traditional status quo, you will discover that your entire enjoyment is entirely predicated upon how you approach each, and every variable that you encounter along the way. If you are the type of personality that stresses out over the tiniest details not falling into perfect order, your travel experience will be entirely calibrated by your expertise at planning every detail that concerns you, whereas if you are, a much more relaxed traveler, you will discover that you can go from place to place, and along the way, there will be some specific impedances that preclude your ability to have a completely seamless trip.

When we live a life in which we choose not to sweat the little details, we are that much more in position to harvest some of the greatest things that life can potentially deliver. 

Our ability to embrace the reality that things are never going to be perfect, and instead, roll with the variables until such time, as you are able to reasonably prevail with whatever it is, that you are hoping to accomplish, is a direct barometer of our success.

Your attitude, as with almost everything else in life, is directly responsible for a giant percentage of your life experience. When you get frustrated over minutia, you are directly stealing from one person…yourself. Understanding that any kind of tirade that you might feel like putting on, is a direct conflict with your happiness quotient is one of the most important of all of the skillsets that you can potentially evolve, as a seasoned traveler. 

Things will unquestionably not go as planned. When they do, if you are that much more in place, with your positive frame of reference, you will find joy in almost any of the experiences and you will continue to take inventory of how much happier you are for having matured into this thought process. 

Happy Tuesday!

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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!