For each of us, there comes a time, when we awaken and we become what we were born to become.

For each of us, there comes a time, when we awaken and we become what we were born to become.

I have written on many an occasion about how I do not ascribe to the notion of fate or destiny. And yet, with an aphorism such as this, it is so tempting to want to buy into that mindset.

Some philosophies explain that before we come into this three-dimensional physical world we map out what our next lifetime is going to be, in order that we might learn the lessons that we are hoping to learn, as we evolve lifetime after lifetime. I can’t say that I believe that any more than fate or destiny, yet as we mature and get closer to our dream, our internal compass continues to propel us in the direction that we believe is most fitting for our overall goal in life.

Just as with the protagonist of any well-written story, there is a moment, or multiple moments of epiphany, in which the protagonist gets clear signals to indicate that they are on the proper path towards the future that they are most deserving of having.

Life may be less obvious than fiction, in delivering the signals, but if you are awake and looking for them, they are most certainly there. Some come in the form of positive reinforcement, and others as a negative reinforcement. Collectively, they shape the circumstances surrounding our current reality, in order that we might make intelligent decisions that direct our most opportune avenues.

Joseph Campbell, in The Power of the Myth, writes exhaustively about the hero’s journey. In this journey the hero requires information, combined with important setbacks that give rise to ever-increasing tenacity, paired with improved skills and intelligence that the hero might use in order to prevail in any quest they might be pursuing.

In our normal civilian lives, these signposts on the road of our life are unquestionably there. Some direct us in a forward path and others might catapult us off of the course that we thought we were taking and onto a course that might be even better than that which we had originally envisioned.

In either case, it is incumbent upon us to be fully aware that these variables exist, so that as they continue to shape and mold our lives into the future, we are that much more likely to awaken and assume the future that belongs to us. The future that we are (destined) to enjoy!

Stay the course, it’s totally worth it.

Happy Friday!

(If you’d like these observations that I post on a daily basis, I hope you will take the time to re-post them. I started writing these from the first day of lockdown during Covid and I have not missed a day since. My goal is to help change the world, one thought at a time. Your help in allowing me to do that is most appreciated!)

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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!