In times of old, mariners would board a ship and venture off into the ocean on quests of glory.

Can you actually fathom that? Teams of people cut down trees, treat the wood, convert the wood into vessels that float, and make them sea-worthy to take on the most intense of tempests.

I can fathom climbing into a spacecraft to go into outer space, but I could not fathom boarding a ship from that era with the expectation of heading out to sea.

Christopher Columbus was having an affair with Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand II was getting wise, so Queen Isabella talked her husband into funding Columbus‘s voyage, presumably to get him out of town. In his journey, all sorts of people had to believe in his ability to navigate to a place that he ultimately did not even arrive at.

In modern terms, we are all navigating a new reality, one in which this virus will continue to wreak havoc until a cure is available or a vaccination is proven solid. Our ability to navigate this tempest is equally concerning and potentially equally dangerous to the trips of the great explorers.

I think the best that any of us can do is to stay focused, resolve to change practices that put us in harm’s way and live healthier lifestyles in isolation until we emerge free on the other side.

Probably very much like what it took to stay inside that vessel, hoping that you will make it safely to the New World? Enjoy your Monday!?

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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!