I’ve learned that we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.

Have you ever done something in a fit of rage? Or when you were depressed? Or feeling vulnerable?

Did you regret it afterwards? We all do.

I think it takes years of practice and a determined and myopically focused self control to get to the point where rash decisions of any kind are never made in any form of an emotionally imbalanced mental state.

Instantaneous digital communications have completely exacerbated this situation. It is so easy to send a text or an email that one will regret seconds after the dispatch whoosh has registered in your brain. Right?

Sometimes, we need the emotional therapy of writing that correspondence (that we may someday regret).

I have found value in opening up an email and addressing the email to myself and no one else and then typing the response that is boiling over inside of me. There’s something innately satisfying about hitting the send button (and sending it to yourself).

I have a sign on my desk that says “black belts keep their mouths shut.” I have had it there for years in my own handwriting staring me in the face during most opportunities where I might feel susceptible to something of this immature nature that can produce grave consequences as a result.

I have found that sign on my desk to be 93.7685% successful. I am very much hoping to discover that the sign’s efficiency rate can improve to 100%. I’m thinking perhaps if I rewrite the sign with even more precise lettering, the sign can improve its success value😊 A good craftsperson requires the right tools, correct?

I hope you’re enjoying your week. Today is National Holocaust Day. As we watch more and more white supremacists holding seats in our Congress and our Senate and our state governments, America must stay vigilant and recognize that they are not just the other party anymore, they do not want a party system at all. In memory all of the American men and women who gave their lives to try and rid the world of fascism, we owe it to them to remain equally vigilant when that fascism has landed on and infiltrated our own nation’s government.

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!