I will allow life’s changes to make me better not bitter.

There is a tremendous growth opportunity, awaiting each of us, at every stage of the equation, especially in those moments when it is clear that we are not going to get exactly what we asked for, nor what we were seeking.

There is a tendency to feel “sour grapes” when the events don’t work out our way. We are quick to find fault with everything that we were so enraptured with, prior to the determination of our not getting it as we had expected.

There is a human tendency to discredit something that we were previously in favor of, as a direct result of our inability to acquire it. It is natural, but it does not have to be the way we choose to engage with the world around us.

When something is not working out as expected, often times, that means we will find our way into something substantially better for our not having been distracted by what we were so certain we needed to have previously.

This optimistic perspective is so much more opportune for an overall life strategy, than to resort to some degree of an angry disappointment remedy, just because it did not go our way.

When we find the maturity to embrace the loss as just being normal in the course of doing business, we are more able to write it off as an intermediary variable, as opposed to any kind of a crushing defeat, even if it feels like such, at the time.

Today’s aphorism fully explains that our opportunity to grow in this equation is substantially better for us long-term, then perhaps any particular unrealized outcome that we had been pursuing. For in the course of our learning to weather such a disappointment, and to quickly rebound, improve ourselves, and get substantially stronger, we develop an internal core tool in our arsenal, that will aid us in countless other life experiences, and perhaps be the principal factor that navigates us out of a predetermined loss, into an eventual win.

When we are capable of detaching our logic from our emotions, we are able to review the larger picture and walk away. With an enlightened perspective, we discover we are a continuous work in progress, and that it is only our continual willingness to improve every aspect of our being that will ultimately give us the ammunition to succeed on a much larger scale going forward.

If you find yourself migrating towards bitterness, you are most wise to take a step back and go to a quiet sanctuary, so that you have ample room to mature in an intelligent fashion, rather than having to remedy any kind of a negative situation that comes as a direct result of your bitterness.

The choice is always yours.

Happy Monday!

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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!