Which day are you really living in?

If I spend the majority of my time focusing on what tomorrow will bring, am I not missing out on everything that today has delivered? For each and every day is yesterday’s tomorrow. So, shouldn’t each and every day be a time of rejoicing because of what we had forecast from the day before?

In the course of trying to be focused on goals, objectives, outcomes and results, it is very easy to lose touch with the present.

Given that the present is all that exists, is it possible that we are mortgaging our lives in favor of a date and time that may never come to pass?

Perhaps our destiny is working in part to whitewash the reality of the present. Perhaps in the course of getting myopically focused on an accomplishment, we are completely losing sight of the most valuable moment of all. Now.

I am the first one to espouse philosophy about focus, determination and an unwilling mindset to accomplish anything less than what we had set out to accomplish. I still believe wholeheartedly that this is one of the most surefire solutions to achieving that which others believed was impossible.

That said, I think it is healthy to counter your mindset that has full intention of success with a certain percentage of fully acknowledging the moments that make up each and every step that takes us closer to the realization of that goal with appreciation.

The realization of a goal is always a carrot that drives the proverbial horse ever forward. But, if we are continually myopically focused solely on that goal, are we not living in a continuous state of a future expectation that overshadows the potential for the appreciation of every stage in the process?

I think each and every day brings a fresh pallet of experiential potentials. As with any art form, we as artists are most likely to color our lives with the tones and values we elevate to the highest of our prioritization. In the course of expressing those priorities, our life unfolds before us. This is where the ability to leverage the present is most opportune.

I am passionate about watching the sunrise, I can’t explain the attraction, but it calls to me with ever increasing frequency. Somewhere in that ritual lies a timepiece that keeps me grounded to the gorgeous nature of the individual day. It has become a consistent reminder for me that today is the only day that counts and helps me to remember to maintain priorities are that found the joy in the moment, even if my mind is continuously racing headfirst into the future.

Today truly is the first day of the rest of your life. What choice might you make today that will make it count above the choices you made yesterday?

Happy Friday!

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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!