Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.


Do you find yourself continuously yearning, rather than appreciating?

We are often times so consumed by wanting things, we can ultimately create a needless shadow over everything that we are most appreciative of having achieved, by negating it in favor of that which we are still hoping to acquire or accomplish. 

The drive that fuels our desire to kick our heels out of bed and come to the beginning of each new day with a metaphorical “fire in our belly” that stimulates all of the actions and engagements that we leverage in the course of our day today existence can in many ways hide our attraction to all that we have already accomplished. 

When you are determined to have a lifestyle of your choosing, which includes the time that you spend working, the people with whom you work, the people with whom you spend your free time, and all associated possessions that will arise as a direct result of having made these specific choices, you are living within a world of your own prioritization. 

Given the opportunity to reflect backwards, and look at that which you were most desirous of achieving or accomplishing at an earlier stage in your life, are you ultimately losing perspective and therefore diminishing the gratitude that you feel by overlooking them in favor of your continuous pining for something more? 

It is possible to maintain that same degree of gusto and enthusiasm, while at the same time feeling the tremendous gratitude and appreciation… if you are remaining conscious of these variables and maintaining a healthy balance between them, you will find yourself living a much more satiated existence. 

Happy 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!