Life humbles you as you age, you realize how much time you wasted on nonsense.

Life humbles you as you age, you realize how much time you wasted on nonsense.

How many chapters of your life would you live over again, knowing in advance, the fruitless outcome of your efforts?

We are quick to embroil ourselves in numerous circumstances, the majority of which rarely, if ever, pay off in the way that our emotional investment in them should warrant.

We continuously look to make adjustments to the things in our world that are problematic, or at a minimum annoying. Yet when there is distant, and sufficient time that has passed between our having expended those efforts, and our looking backwards and reflecting on the wasted time of that expenditure, we cannot help but feel on some level, as if we might have done better to have allowed certain subjects to go docile, rather than perpetually, gnawing away at us, as the irritant factors that they truly are.

Time gives us the tremendous benefit of perspective, which is readily lost in the heat of the moment. The perspective facilitates our ability to review how and why we were in such a situation, and more importantly, to take a deeper evaluation of whether or not that effort was of core value to us… and collectively help us to eliminate the need to engage on such levels, the next time such a situation presents itself.

In our continuous path towards a fulfilled life that is ripe with positive moments upon which we might acquire a trove of meaningful memories, we are all the more ready, willing and able to see how, and why our judicious effort in sorting the relative importance of any such event, could not be more important.

In our choice to act upfront and thereby eliminate a majority of the needs to unnecessarily, interact and engage with others who may only ultimately increase our levels of frustration rather than bringing us any sense of appropriate satisfaction for our having what time and effort into such a consideration, we recapture the present, which is most important.

Time is truly is one of the most valuable assets that any of us have, and as such, should be budgeted and allocated intelligently for the maximum return on investment.

Happy Friday!

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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!