The Constitution of the United States of America. It might have been the greatest experiment in human history before it failed.

Planet Earth. It might have been the most magnificent Garden of Eden in the universe before humanity tipped the balance too far and pushed the ecological balance beyond the planet’s capacity, while we were too busy spending all of our money trying to colonize planets that were inhospitable to life.

Whether you look at a macro perspective of this aphorism or whether you take it into your personal world, the prospect of, it might have been, remains the unexplored door. The path not taken. The choice not made.

Many choices require a risk. Often times, the risk seems daunting and keeps us from making the bold move required. Whether that move is a career choice, relationship choice, parenting choice, or others, it always comes with a potential downside. If we allow the potential downside to continually sway our choices, we end up living a life of neutrality. For many, this is more than acceptable. I personally find myself opting for the more difficult and more risky options. I cannot say that this has always worked out well for me, but I stand by my choices and I will continue to live life on my terms, taking the risks of traveling on the road less traveled. many times, there is a thrill that comes from defying expectations and coming out of the risk with positive conclusion on the other side. I personally see that I am addicted (if you will) to those behaviors. Again, I can’t say that it is always a positive experience, and in many times it turns out to be exactly the opposite. But I never look back at my life and wonder what it might have been.

I share this because we all find ourselves at cross roads that are intimidating. When you make that choice, you have to contemplate the risk of failure in relationship to the risk of never having even tried.

Personally, I would rather fail on my terms going into the world with everything I have and all of my energy than living a safe life of mediocrity and looking back in old age wondering what might have been.

I want to fight with everything I have to save the planet earth and I want to fight with everything I have to save the Constitution of the United States of America. I don’t care if it comes with negative ramifications because the possibility of success is too important.

Food for thought on a Thursday. I hope yours is special?✨?

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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!