Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well.

Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well.

Starting with yourself.

Your story is enroute. An ending will unquestionably arrive. What are you doing daily to ensure that every single one of the days in-between, counts?

I wrestled with this a lot as a child. How could the world go on forever once I was gone? What would eternity feel like for me after it was over? Would there be another chapter? How might that play out?

So many questions, sitting atop a mountain of fear of mortality. It can weigh heavily upon any one of us, and drive us to intense sadness and despair. 

It wasn’t until I found my first book of Zen quotations that I found a new mindset through which to process the questions of mortality, rebirth, current life experience and more. In their philosophy, I discovered different perspectives, many of which I opt to share with others.

The connection for me was finding thoughts that are spiritual in nature but not religious in construct or origin. In these thoughts, I found ways to compartmentalize some of the nagging fears that I mentioned above, while at the same time, a fresh perspective as to how I might conduct myself through many of the other chapters of my life.

To the point of today’s musing, all things come to an end. In one fashion or another. Our ability to get to a point of tranquility on that topic could not be more important for our overall sense of being and balance.

We witness this in watching other’s careers, in loving and tending to animals, in our personal and professional relationships, and so many other avenues of our personal growth.

If it all comes to an end anyway, what is the point of learning and growing if you are only going to lose it all in the end, anyways?

I believe the answer to that question lies in the overall life experience that is achieved in the process. If you are stagnant on your journey through life, your life will remain shallow and relatively meaningless, whereas if you are in a perpetual state of growth, then perhaps you are feasting on what is truly best about living a finite existence.

Happy Sunday!

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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!