Things are up. Things are down. Everything is escalating but everything is stopping. Trying to navigate a path through the convolutions of life is an arduous task.

If a political party is not changing the landscape, then a virus or an economic change will be more than willing to disrupt the best laid plans of mice and men. (Do mice make plans?)

Of all the people whom I encounter, the ones who seem most at ease are the ones who have discovered that freedom comes from being at ease with the certainty of uncertainty.

Personally, I have found this to be one of the most difficult lessons in life to master. And every time I feel as if I am close to that mastery, another unforeseen variable comes along and disrupts the mental harmony that I was so briefly enjoying. Which then, of course, proves to me that I haven’t even come close to mastering that degree of freedom.

I don’t believe that any lifestyle creates a flat blanket of predictability and harmony. Eventually any one of the numerous potential variables disrupts that harmony and leaves discord in its wake.

In the course of trying to navigate a pathway through a happy and fulfilled lifestyle, I do not see any way around having to continually discern the choice between holding on and letting go. As much as we might feel that we are on target, there is almost always equal evidence in our own personal space to shed light on how far off target we still really are.

Wishing you harmony on your journey on this rainy Wednesday in Los Angeles🌧🌧🌧

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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!