Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.

How important to you is it to live your life on your terms? To say what you mean. To mean what you say… With nary a concern for the receiving party?

Are you able to communicate freely in your life? In our time of polarized society, are you more circumspect than you might have been a decade ago?

Studies have proven that people who live quietly behind an imposed persona are actually wilting away from from within. Maintaining a front that would appear to be congruous with everyone else, while harboring deeply felt beliefs within is a cancerous combination that can only be maintained for so long before something mentally or physically snaps.

At a certain point in life, I believe most people finally find that moment of actualization in which they discover their true being must shine, regardless of consequence. In movies, television and other forms of fictional diversion, this is the moment where the protagonist awakens to their true calling. They rise up against the metaphorical chains that bind them and accelerate head first into a new destiny that gives the audience cause to cheer.

Why do we cheer at those moments? Because each of us have our own combination of mental shackles that imprison us in one means or another. Those binds tie us to a combination of variables or beliefs that feel so contrary to our inner being as to give way to the internal revolution necessary to rise above the current circumstances and prevail at all costs. So when the protagonist hits that crucible, and galvanizes their inner being to challenge whatever is constraining them, and emerge as a victorious being, ready to take on the challenges of a new era in their existence, we are all voyeuristic in our joy while experiencing that scene. Internally we have compartmentalized those chains that bind us and we transpose the hero’s rise to freedom into our own mental image and for a brief moment, we feel liberated from all that is holding us back.

When all is said and done, as we emerge into this higher version of ourselves, we are feeling empowered in ways that words fail to summarize adequately. We have a deep sense of self that is now awakened and is not to be toyed with. 

Will some object to this transition? Most certainly. Some will feel threatened as they are seeing some of how they connect with you eroding before their very eyes. It may be control that they are ceding, or influence, but whatever it is that they have lost, they sense it and it threatens them.  To the point of today’s aphorism… it just doesn’t matter. In the choice to be yourself, you have asserted your own pragmatic path to living life on your terms. The ones that love and care about you will celebrate this. The ones that feed upon you (metaphorically speaking) will be upset because you are disrupting their consumption and that can be most alarming (on a primal basis) to witness this transpiring. 

As the bard said… To thine own self be true.

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!