I was feeling part of the scenery I walked right out of the machinery My heart going “Boom-boom-boom” “Hey, ” he said “Grab your things, I’ve come to take you home” Hey, back home

I was feeling part of the scenery

I walked right out of the machinery

My heart going “Boom-boom-boom”

“Hey, ” he said

“Grab your things, I’ve come to take you home”

Hey, back home


Are you feeling like you are part of the scenery?

Does whatever you are currently applying yourself to, in life, leave you feeling vacant?

Do you see yourself as part of a process in which your greatest attributes are not being fully leveraged?

What specifically are you doing to rectify this?

The necessity to live a full and meaningful life could not be more imperative to the overall mental health of a human being.

That said, the parameters by which these particular requirements are met, are so intensely diverse and disparate, as to make any individual identifiable solution nearly impossible.

When we are working towards our own higher purpose, regardless of what that ultimately is defined as, we are considerably healthier and more equipped to process and cope with whatever the world’s variables bring us.

Getting to the opportunity in which we can vacate ourselves of experiences that make us feel immaterial and inconsequential to matriculate to something of importance, needs to be a prerequisite in every person’s game plan.

It may not be economically possible for a person to work within the definition of that with which they wish to be engaging, at first steps. 

Nor may it be economically possible for somebody to walk away from a position that is leaving them vacant, intellectually, or emotionally.

What is possible is the prospect that a person may find themselves working to survive, but continuously leveraging a percentage of any extra time in their life for them to grow and mature, in whatever direction gives them greater satisfaction than the part of their life that is leaving them vacant.

Peter Gabriel put this song out on his first self-titled album in 1977. I was there to take pictures of him at the first concerts in which he played it. Last night, I was given the opportunity by my dear friend, Heywood, to go to see him at the Forum in Los Angeles. He was in top form!

When this song came out, I was at UCLA film school, working at Albertsons. Solsbury Hill really touched me at 18 years of age…It was these lyrics by Peter Gabriel talking about leaving Genesis that were highly instrumental in my decision to take the big jump and create The Illusion Factory the following year. 

Happy Saturday!

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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!