If it’s out of your hands, it deserves freedom from your mind too.

If it’s out of your hands, it deserves freedom from your mind too.

Are you capable of letting go of the things that are out of your control?

The majority of us are more than willing to fret over things upon which we could not possibly have any impact whatsoever. It is very easy to do when there are circumstances that are very worrying or troublesome.

Yet, for all the time or energy that we might expend on giving thought to any one of these circumstances, we are, for all intents and purposes, allowing variables to impact our present moment and contaminate that moment with negative feelings, which have no core value towards any kind of a solution. Instead, we are solely impeding any ability we have at the current moment to be that much more functional and on our game.

To paraphrase the Serenity prayer: Learn to accept the things you cannot change; find courage to change the things that you can; and develop the wisdom to know the difference.

Our ability to set aside things that are stimulating our consternation, in favor of enjoying all that surrounds us, is a mature skill that does not come factory-installed with our brain.

In fact, if anything, the reptilian flight or fight response, inside all of our brains, creates exactly the opposite stimuli. The fight or flight response is an automatic physiological reaction to an event that is perceived as stressful or frightening. The perception of threat activates the sympathetic nervous system and triggers an acute stress response that prepares the body to fight or flee.

So as we get more and more aware of circumstances that are far greater than our circle of influence, it strikes me that the most prudent lesson to aggregate, under such circumstances, is this particular thought process.

It may not be easy, and you may find yourself slipping right back into worrying, but if you can start to become aware of the fact that you are continually slipping right back into worrying, you might find the core strength to accelerate into the next window of head space in which that worry has been temporarily dispelled in favor of your awakening back into the present, and spending your valuable life moments where they truly matter.

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!