All endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at the time.

Have you ever read, “Tuesdays with Morrie,“?  Mitch Albom was a sports writer, struggling to find his voice. In the course of his early career activities, he decided to pay a call to one of his favorite teachers. This remains one of my favorite books, the lessons learned from Morrie, an enlightened soul who was on the last chapter of his life, are absolutely critical to expose yourself to at some point in time.

After falling in love with the book, we were so fortunate to get to work on the film, produced by Oprah Winfrey and starring Jack Lemmon as Morrie and Hank Azaria as Mitch.  The film went on to win the Emmy award for Outstanding Movie Made For Television that year (along with the Outstanding Actor for Jack Lemmon.

And as wonderful as the movie was, the book was still even better. Morrie’s perspective on life is priceless. He touched my soul in a way that few have ever been able to accomplish.

Endings are closure, while beginnings are the open door. We like to view them as distinctly separate, but if that were the case, we would be spending a lot of time in no man’s land, which could be viewed as a corridor between the two doors.

When the first door shuts (either intentionally or unintentionally), there is an abrupt passage of discontent or uncertainty. Change creates variables we must navigate without always knowing which way they are going to take us. To many, change is a variable that causes tremendous fear, apprehension and confusion. This does not have to be so, but I believe all of us find ourselves in the “corridor of change“ and this causes huge trepidation and anxiety.

I do not know that there is any particular solution that resolves the anxiety, there is only the formula in which you believe in yourself and you believe in the karma that you are creating and you develop a deep sense of expectation that: regardless which door is opening next, it will be your personal energy that will catapult you in the right direction.

Life would be a lot easier if we knew there were instant solutions at our disposal. But in very few exceptions, the converse is true. So we bolster our anxiety with life experience in an ongoing attempt to shield ourselves from the massive amount of uncertainty that tomorrow always promises to bring.

The next time you feel one of the doors in your life closing, go deep within and recognize how many times this has happened to you in the past and summon that deep internal strength that will ensure your passage through the door that is surely bound to open in your favor. It is always there and waiting, you just have to find it and be brave enough to open the door.

Happy Sunday!

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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!