I hope that all of us, or none of us are judged by the actions of our weakest moments but rather by the strength we show when or if we are given a second chance.

I hope that all of us, or none of us are judged by the actions of our weakest moments but rather by the strength we show when or if we are given a second chance.


If you were judged by your actions in your weakest moments, would you have cause to be trepidatious?

All of us have had weak moments. It’s part of the human experience.

That said, for those to be the metric by which we are ultimately judged by others, is an entirely different set of circumstances.

Everyone wants an opportunity to have the freedom in their lives in which to navigate each and every choice, based solely on the metric of that particular choice. Some of them prove to be stellar, while others give us cause for consideration, growth, and sometimes even repentance.

But all decisions aggregate collectively into the whole that we have become at that moment in time. In that collection of good and bad experiences, we find the core essence of whom we truly are, for all of our strengths and all of our weaknesses.

When we are honest with ourselves, and we are able to look back on all the choices that we have made at our weakest moments, we are left with either the choice of forgiving ourselves for being human, and growing past those negative repercussions, or continually punishing ourselves, for a mistake made in the past which potentially can never be rectified.

In our options at that moment, we are either looking forward or we are looking backward. Given that the present is all that there is, continuing to look backward with remorse, only diminishes the stimuli for growth. The option to remain stuck in such a confusion of priorities of our time and energy is a waste of a great life that should be continuing to be lived and appreciated.

Only in our understanding and self forgiveness, followed by purposeful growth from those experiences, can we ultimately take complete control of our future, and ensure that those mistakes are never made again… and hopefully return ever better outcomes for our having learned these lessons.

On a final note, if you have not been watching Ted Lasso, you are missing one of the best television shows of all time. The writers, actors, directors and producers of this show have encapsulated so many of the tender and poignant moments of humanity.

It truly is worth your time!

Happy Wednesday!


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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!