If you don’t fight for what you want, then don’t cry for what you lost.

If you don’t fight for what you want, then don’t cry for what you lost.

Is something worth fighting for?

If your answer is no, then perhaps you have yet to discover something of such importance to you that to be denied it would be interminable.

More realistically, we can all start with a basis that our own lives are worth fighting for. We have such a short trip on this beautiful planet, it is almost criminal to waste any of it on living a life that is not what we have dreamed and grown to expect of ourselves. Anything less than that is compromise and warrants our consideration as to why we would be willing to accept such as what is due us in life.

Jumping from primal considerations to more esoteric ones, we would look to values in life that are critical to us. There are countless selections, each with their own definitions, boundaries, and requirements. More likely than not, there are those on this planet who would readily deny us these values for any one of several reasons. That denial leads to our decreasing life experience and would continue to decrease, lest we stand up for what is right, and demand that our lives shine above the shadow that threatens to darken our personal skies.

In the last 6 years, our freedoms have been under ever increasing assault from those with less intelligence, and more collective hive mentality. Collectively, these groups are working to subvert discussion, free thought, intelligent expression and personal life choices. In any one of these scenarios, we are ever increasingly pressured to stand up for that which we believe in, or watch it slowly erode in favor of a massive wave of ignorance, hoping to erase it completely.

The beauty of life is that it is not guaranteed. It requires focus, energy, determination and will power to thrive in the face of uncertainty and moral decay.

So before you are forced to mourn the loss of parts of life that you cherish, stand up for what is right, and take umbrage against those who would deprive you of it.

Happy Tuesday!

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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!