Begin each day with optimism and end each day with forgiveness. Happiness in life begins and ends within your heart.

Begin each day with optimism and end each day with forgiveness. Happiness in life begins and ends within your heart.

Do you consume optimism for breakfast? 

Of all the potential ingredients for a balanced daily meal, optimism would sit at the top of the list. In the course of bathing oneself in a positive mindset, we invigorate all of the internal and external energy systems around us to facilitate each of the opportunities and experiences we are most desirous of achieving. 

In our daily thoughts, we are fully capable of manifesting ever greater variables to our benefit. So wouldn’t it make sense to develop a daily ritual in which optimism was an unvarying ingredient?

By the end of the day, there have been many details that have transpired in our lives… some good, and others, not so much. Holding onto the negative thoughts is like holding onto a hot stone, you are the one who gets burned. Recognizing the reality that nothing in life is going to exist as we might hope or project that it will, wouldn’t it be equally wise to discard those negative feelings, rather than carrying them over on our internal balance sheet for the next day? 

Is there really any value in maintaining any degree of negativity that we could potentially discard? Negativity is negative energy and given that our entire energetic being lives in a world made of energy, it strikes me as very reasonable and practical to dispel negative energy as quickly and as efficiently as we might. 

There are many reasons in life to be disappointed. Some carry greater gravitas and the disappointment is substantially harder to dispel than others. All the more reason then, to develop a regular practice in which we learn to discharge that negative energy in small doses, so that when, or if, we come to a chapter that is a much larger dose of negative energy with which we need to deal, we have already honed our skillset at releasing the negativity, thereby giving us greater tools and ammunition to take on the larger disappointments and find our way through them back into the world of optimism. 

I believe that achieving balance in both of these rituals enables us to live a much more balanced and joyful lifestyle because in that valuable harmony lies the secret to our internal physical and mental health. 

Happy Wednesday!

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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!