I am not the same person I once was.

We occupy the same physical shell, except most of our body cells replicate and others die in their place. We have the same mind, but it is constantly in evolution. We feel a consistency of life experience because we are moving through a timeline that gives us reference and cause to experience everything in a linear format… and yet we are not whom we once were.

We are a work in progress. 

Sometimes the progress is very positive and other times, not so much.

We have a belief system that may stay in place for a lifetime or we might be exposed to various stimuli which may give way to different perspectives, alternate viewpoints, many of which are so persuasive as to change key variables of whom we once were.

The enthusiastic youth is often times trampled by the harsh realities of trying to make an individual life work. Some are so cathartic as to completely alter the way we look at life and can completely influence the choices we will make going forward.

I often refer to the little five-year-old inside my mind who is determined to continue to live life on his terms, regardless of stimuli in the real world that give him cause to question whether or not his perspective is valid. So I believe that there is a core value system that is created in the earlier years and which will determine many aspects of the choices we will make on the extensive journey through life.

I believe that the best that any of us can do is to set forth on a mission through life in which we are continuously exposing ourselves to dangers of our own choosing, philosophies that can help us expand our mind and opportunities that increase our compassion, empathy and desire to be meaningful on our short journey on this rock hurtling through outer space.

We are given such a gift to be here in the first place, it is incumbent upon all of us to treasure that with everything we’ve got and to enable the person we once were to evolve into someone we most truly wish to become. 

I hope you have a wonderful day! 

Happy Thursday!

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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!