Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.  


How much time do you spend reflecting on times gone by?

Reminiscing about joyous or disappointing, or any other emotionally-driven event, is one of the qualities that makes us human. We have the opportunity to reflect. 

Presumably our capacity for this gives way to our ability to grow from the reflection, and ultimately continue to blossom as the being that we are. 

That said, there are moments that are appropriate to continue to reflect upon, but at some specific point, we are better served spending our time enjoying the present and preparing for the future, than we are to live in the past and find our greatest comfort in that experience.

We are truly an evolving entity in which continuous stimuli provoke ongoing responses. This is valuable in countless ways, and when used properly, is the foundation of our entire growth. 

Allowing ourselves the time and opportunity to explore these moments, gives way to insights, and from these, presumably come new behaviors and improved expectations for how our ongoing existence will be defined. 

We are most definitely working to leverage this strength to our greatest benefit. However, at a specific ratio of time spent versus value received, there is unquestionably a metaphorical line in the sand which clearly delineates where we must stop said reflecting, and instead leverage what we have garnered from this into our actions in our ongoing existence. 

There are times, both positive and negative, in which we are caught by an event in our past that continuously beckons our attention. If it is a positive moment, there is joy in reflecting. If it is a sad moment, that is no longer achievable, as in the case of spending time with someone who has made their transition, then we find ourselves caught between wishing desperately we had more time with them versus finding the courage to continue to move forward with our own lives in their absence. 

Conversely, there are moments where we have weathered something extraordinary, which has left an indelible imprint on our current state of affairs. This moment continues to rise into our consciousness, and is a perpetual thief of our awareness during the course of a given day. 

When this transpires, we are forced to continuously battle our way through these disappointments, and learn to find our greater strength in staying fully present and allowing our core being to flourish. 

The past is a great reminder, but it is never to be taking the lion share of our daily budget of time allocations.

Live in the Now.

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!