Being selective about who gets your energy, is self-care.

Do you give equal time and energy to everyone who needs some of your time? 

The option to do so is unquestionably a slippery slope for many reasons. If you are not judicious about doling out your time appropriately, you will wake up 20 years from now and realize that a couple decades have slipped behind you and many of the details that you thought were most important, proved not to be, for 100 different reasons. 

In your reflection, you might recognize what percentage of your life you dedicated to those people or resources, and question whether or not that was the most wise choice for you. 

Our choice to be friendly, helpful, supportive, and understanding of others, facilitates a deep need to provide comfort and respite to those who are desirous of receiving such. 

This does not mean that when evaluated in the large scope of energy devoted throughout your lifetime, that you are necessarily always making the best choices. 

Sometimes, being altruistic and generous with yourself, is the most admirable quality of all. Yet, other times, we can find ourselves getting trapped into the vortex of someone else’s time suck, such that hours, days weeks, months, and years of our lives are evaporating before our very eyes. 

Understanding these parameters, and staying highly aware that these are realistic circumstances that must be considered, is critical to the prudent individual who is looking to maximize their time on planet earth, and yield the greatest results, not only for themselves, but for those whom they care about. 

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!