If you can’t do anything about it then let it go. Don’t be a prisoner to things you cannot change.

If you can’t do anything about it then let it go. Don’t be a prisoner to things you cannot change.

How many times have you found yourself in a mental state of turmoil over something that is outside of your control?

We have a propensity to allow things such as this to fester deep inside, such that we lose perspective and full dimension of the rest of the world around us. It is not unusual that we might have these feelings of extreme discomfort, predicated upon whatever variable is giving us the degree of uncertainty, disappointment, frustration or similar.

The trick in circumstances like this, is to recognize that if you cannot change the circumstance, then to continue to allow your mind to stay in that mind space, eliminates every other opportunity to concentrate on anything else at your disposal, because you are continuing to stay focused on that which you cannot do anything about.

I believe it is incumbent upon us under such circumstances to give a small amount of space to the thoughts that surround that which is giving us discomfort, as that is just a natural reaction. Within a very short period of time, the only option at our disposal is to allow our brain to compartmentalize those feelings, thereby enabling us to focus on everything else that is crucial or happy or necessary in our world… so that we are not wasting the present. 

Given that the present is all that is real, we are foolish to allow it to disappear in favor of mental consternation over things which we have no control over. This requires significant practice and focus in order to accomplish, but in doing so, we are able to allow ourselves to mature. When the next time that something of this magnitude arrives on our doorstep, as it most certainly will, we are further prepared to take on those feelings and once again compartmentalize them into a manageable bundle so that we are able to live our lives more fully and stay completely in the present. 

These are not readily achievable skills. They require diligence, focus and determination. But with practice, you’ll discover that the items that are giving you fear or frustration slowly dissipate in favor of items that are more capable of allowing you to feel joyous and excited about your life once again. A clear mind is able to find new solutions, new pathways to that which you most desire.

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!