If you make friends with yourself, you will never be alone.

How often do you find yourself bored?

Is it possible that boredom is a placeholder for a lack of desire to use imagination as your greatest ally?

I would often hear others complain of boredom and wonder why they did not find something of interest to spark their curiosity and explore something that they had not known about prior.

By the time the computer and smart devices came along, the opportunity to be bored was almost impossible. The entire world sits in your fingertips awaiting your desire to engage and explore. 

Life has so many chapters, each complete with their share of ups and downs, positives and negatives. People enter your life, fill a void, add value, create bonds, develop loving and caring qualities… but despite all of their influence, all of their value, all of their diversion… in the end, we have ourselves to rely upon.

If we are trying to achieve, grow, mature, heal, improve, learn and escalate our overall position in life to new heights of achievement, we have only ourselves upon which to rely. Learning to befriend yourself comes with many permutations from the mental side that is defeating boredom, to the emotional side that is learning how to be self sufficient and not rely upon others, to the physical side that works to build our bodies into strong systems which we work our best to take great care of in our long journey in life. 

There are moments for all of us in which we come into conflict with ourselves. Moments that we are not as proud of ourselves as we might have been, had we made other choices. Moments where things did not go our way, in which we must be the bearer of the sorrow and work to pick up the pieces and mature. Moments in which we are hopeful enough but even our hope is not solely sufficient to deliver the goods, whatever they might be in that circumstance. 

The savior for all of those moments can and must be ourselves. In our true bond of friendship with ourselves, we find the grace to forgive ourself for the mistakes we have made, the moments lost, the efforts wasted and we build the strength to forge forwards, regardless of anything that has transpired previously.

When you befriend yourself, you are able to conquer territory you never thought achievable, accomplish things you doubted you might be able to accomplish and grow into someone of whom you may be proud. 

It truly makes a difference.

Happy Thursday!

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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!