If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

There is true magic in perspective.

Often times we are rewarded by having access to what we traditionally see under fresh circumstances.

Take for example, the child who was reticent to go to school a couple years ago. Are they anxious to attend now?

When a shift in perspective facilitates your ability to see things through a new filter, your opportunity to appreciate can change considerably.

We have all gone through an evolution in the last 12 months. It was unforeseen and cataclysmic and has taken all of us right up to the brink. But sometimes, the shock factor of an event of this magnitude can make everything magical again as it starts to evolve.

Having restaurants open back up in Los Angeles this week was one of those moments where just sitting outside with a friend, enjoying a good meal and great conversation took on all new value and appreciation.

Perhaps it is the eternal optimist in me that is always trying to find a half full perspective, but each opportunity to embrace the things in life that make us extraordinarily happy is good cause to take personal inventory and find a moment for appreciation.

The night and day experience we have lived through since January 20 is equally disparate from the reality we have been in for the last 4+ years. We are watching a United States government mobilizing to take on the problems of its citizens in a rapid and compassionate manner.

And most importantly, we are witnessing the embracement of science as the defining variable from which we may make intelligent decisions.

Just by changing the way we look at our response to this virus will give us an opportunity to change, lest we fall deeper into the all engulfing downward spiral that we have been plummeting into.

There is always a fresh perspective if you look for it. I hope your Saturday is magical✨✨✨

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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!