Life is a matter of choices, and every choice you make, makes you. 

Life is a matter of choices, and every choice you make, makes you. 


What choices have you made that define you?

We literally make hundreds of choices, every single day, and yet only a tiny handful of them ultimately define us on a large scale. What is it specifically about any particular choice that makes it cause and reason to become one of the defining variables of our lives? 

When we opt for some form of significant choice in our lives, we are metaphorically hitting a fork in the road in which we are opting for one of several paths at our disposal. 

The choice that we make in opting for any one of these paths literally relies on the outcomes of numerous choices that we have made prior, each of which have further empowered us to make the new choice at hand. 

When we look back from our respective vantage point and see the depth of opportunities at our disposal, we are perhaps more readily capable of discerning how, and why, specific options that we have leveraged, are coming to play in this next chapter of our existence. 

When earlier choices have armed us with knowledge, experience, understanding, technical wherewithal, or other critical variables, we are in an increased position of being able to take full advantage of next opportunities that have arisen, potentially as a direct result of the earlier choices we have made. 

In many cases, people become convinced that having made a specific choice previously could potentially be decreasing their ability to make some of the new choices they would like to make at this moment in their lives. 

In a majority of cases, prior choices do not in, and of themselves, rule out all opportunity to make some of the new choices that a person would like to opt for. When someone is sitting on the fence metaphorically, trying to determine whether or not, they have ample cause and reason to take full advantage of new options at their disposal, they are more likely to reflect on outcomes of prior choices, and potentially allow those outcomes to weigh heavily on their determination of whether or not a new choice is best suited for them. 

Our continuous ability to remain liberated, and fully engaged in life, starts very specifically with each of the choices that we have made at landmark moments in our lives. 

I think perhaps one of the best resources an elder statesperson might opt for becoming, is a sounding board for younger generations, who are facing similar choices to those that the elder statesperson might have made at an earlier juncture in their lives. 

Allowing a younger party to hear the thoughts and reflections on those choices could not be potentially more important if they are being proffered with an open heart and desire to help that younger participant prevail in whatever decision, they are ultimately ready to make. 

Make your choices wisely, they add up to everything in your life, long-term.

Happy Wednesday!

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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!