As you are shifting, you will begin to realize that you are not the same person you used to be.

As you are shifting, you will begin to realize that you are not the same person you used to be. The things you used to tolerate have now become intolerable. Where you once remained quiet, you are now speaking your truth. Where you once battled and argued, you are now choosing to remain silent. You are beginning to understand the value of your voice and recognize that there are some situations that no longer deserve time, energy and focus. 


Are you the same person you used to be?

Do you stand up and still fight the same battles you fought when you were younger?

Conversely, are you willing to let certain issues trigger something inside of you that requires you to speak up, where you did not used to speak up in the past?

They say that we pick the battles that we choose to fight and we pick the hill we are willing to die upon. How do those decisions get made?

What is it specifically within us that accelerates a particular issue to the forefront and makes us willing to stand up and be counted, even if it’s unpopular? What are the issues that used to be so troubling, but with the perspective of time, you have recognized that they aren’t worthy of your attention or focus at all?

These are variables by which we can measure our own progress in life.

Things become less important over time and, in that devaluation of priorities, they just don’t warrant our focus, nor our attention.

The bigger issues seem to arise from those which challenge our sensibilities, as relates to morality, and other highly prioritized variables, such that an infringement of them ultimately warrants our attention and determination to see those issues for what they truly are.

I think part of the determining factors in these kinds of situations, most ultimately stem from whether or not a particular individual or circumstance, necessitates our focus.

As we mature, we are conditioned by watching which of the different variables we are able to influence in our lives, while simultaneously recognizing the ones that seem less likely to be influential.

Find your voice. Stand up for the issues that desperately need your support and learn to dismiss all the ones that are so trivial as to not warrant any further attention.

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!