I’ve learned that even when you think you have no more to give, when a friend cries out to you, you will find the strength to help.

Circumstances pull our emotional resources in a series of convoluted directions, while simultaneously we continue down a path that we would presume we are following.

Even at our most drained and exhausted states, all it takes is hearing from someone that you love and all of your energy instantly rallies to their benefit.

I think this is one of the most precious qualities of being a great friend; the knowledge that you would go the distance for that person regardless of external variables.

With that in mind, I would say that true wealth in life is both feeling this way about others in your life while simultaneously knowing in your heart that they feel the same about you.

We do not get to take even the smallest trinket that we have collected with us after we die, and we may leave all of our trinkets for others, but truly immortality is the fond remembrance that we leave in the hearts and minds of people whom we have touched.

It is only in the love they feel after we have left this planet that our true value can be measured.

I hope your Sunday is off to a beautiful start!!

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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!