A lot of problems would change if we talked with each other instead of about each other.

A lot of problems would change if we talked with each other instead of about each other.

There is a giant line of demarcation between malicious gossip and constructive conversation. The chasm between the two is as wide as the Grand Canyon.

Constructive communication will traditionally yield some sort of an appropriate change, whereas malicious gossip only further reduces the other party to a non-human entity in the minds of the people gossiping.

The opportunity to connect with another person and learn from each other’s disparities and grow as a direct result, cannot be underestimated in the grand picture of how and why humanity continues to progress in a positive direction.

With each and every opportunity to connect with another person, comes opportunity for growth, maturity, and a transfer of wisdom. This can be incomparable for people who are fully enthusiastic about building a relationship of substance, rather than a third-party perspective, tainted by any one of the emotions that give people cause to speak poorly about another person behind their back.

Such a subtle lesson, and yet, such a regular occurrence in our lives.

Regardless of how many times we are made aware of the potential issues, we remain particularly steadfast in our behavior until something comes along to wake us up and preclude us from wishing to act in such a negative manner.

The next time you find yourself in a middle ground, see whether or not you can connect with the other party and find common ground, instead of talking about the other party to other people and continuing to exacerbate the differences between you.

When you see one of those videos that creates an opportunity for a selected large group of people to abandon stereotypical categorization by race, religion, gender, etc. and instead watch them regroup by who has been divorced, who has raised children as a single parent, who has lost a sibling, who is caring for an elderly parent, etc., we watch those stereotypical walls disintegrate in favor of commonality. We have much more in common with one another than we might suspect!

Happy Friday!



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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!