Just breathe. You are strong enough to handle your challenges, wise enough to find solutions to your problems and capable enough to do whatever needs to be done.

Just breathe. You are strong enough to handle your challenges, wise enough to find solutions to your problems and capable enough to do whatever needs to be done.

Such a simple statement. Yet there are times in all of our lives in which this simple truism is taken to task.

When we find ourselves at such a brink of uncertainty, we are left with one of two options. We either maintain our composure and act appropriate to the situation at hand, or cede control and allow a rash action to spring out of our normally composed being and unleash that action into the world we are currently navigating.

In almost every circumstance, the rash action leads to failure and maintaining composure leads to finding our path to the solution at hand. 

How then, are we able to find that tranquility required to transverse the discomfort of the unknown and the uncertain in the face of overwhelming stimuli that seeks to extinguish the optimistic flame that has propelled us to this point? Today’s aphorism explains that the first step is to just breathe.  If that sounds too out in left field for your tastes, then try holding your breath instead and see how that works.

Once we have the breathing mastered, the next step is the recognition that within each and every circumstance, there lies multiple paths. Some good, some better and others, not so good. With the contemplation of each of these options comes an opportunity to forecast the potential ramifications of each choice and compare them with any other option that remains at our disposal. With a clear exploration of each option that stands before us, we are better equipped to understand how and why we must eventually move in the direction of our choosing. 

To my knowledge, there really is no other option. Some people pray to a deity. Others put positive energy out to the universe. Both are probably doing the same thing… Aligning the energy of the person in that position with the opportunities at their disposal. Regardless of the approach, when the moment is finally appropriate to act, that is when the moment of decision must be made and the resulting behavior, enabled.

In all circumstances, the most valuable aspect of this cataclysmic moment is to recognize one’s own personal strength in that situation. In those moments of feeling like a deer in the headlights, there is only one element that will prevent you from being struck by the metaphorical vehicle that is casting the headlights… and that is, yourself.

Your personal courage, sensibility, intelligence, focus, approach, attitude, perspective, tenacity, diligence, resilience, and determination will carry the day. Nothing else will suffice. When your mental focus is aligned with the greater sense of who you are and who you have always been, only then will you emerge victorious from your current predicament and rise into new heights of success and accolades.

Like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, you have had the power yourself for this entire period of time. It is incumbent upon you to be strong enough to leverage those personality traits to service your greater being when you most need them.

Happy Saturday!

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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!