Life is incredibly fragile on its best days.


How stable is anything in life? 

Life has the potential to change in the blink of an eye, for countless different reasons. 

All that we take for granted can evaporate or change in milliseconds, predicated upon circumstances. 

If we are truly understanding the tremendous value and privilege it is to be alive, then we are more likely to grasp every opportunity to celebrate these incredible benefits to their ultimate value. 

Whether it is the loss of someone you love, or a friendship coming to an end, or a business opportunity that is working its way to conclusion or hundreds of other variables that we might have presumed to be based on solid ground, we do our best to leverage all of our composure to process this catharsis and thereby come to a new equilibrium as to that particular aspect of our lives coming to conclusion. 

We are a continuous stream of thoughts, dreams, experiences, hopes, wishes, regrets, disappointments, expectations, and surprises. Throughout this cornucopia of emotion and experience, comes a life philosophy that we are wholly responsible for making valid and justifiable as the way we might spend our lives. 

I shared that life is incredibly fragile on its best days, yesterday, when a friend shared with me that they had just lost their best friend and were trying to process the pain and grief that is associated. In my experience, there is no salve, there is no cure, nor is there a remedy for grief. There is only the ability to allow those emotions to process over a period of time, in order that we might one day come to an understanding of how and why that grief is just another layer in the tapestry of our own lives. 

The grief, while natural, is almost certainly not what the party you are grieving for, would have wanted for you to be experiencing. I think most of us would hope that after our passing, others will remember us with joy in their hearts and a deep warmth that comes with our remembrance.

Given the fragility of the entire experience, it strikes me that gratitude and appreciation are our single biggest allies for enabling us to understand the greater benefits and values of staying the course and continuously improving upon ourselves, day after day. 

Life will always be what we are capable of making of it. Our appreciation of its fragility should not be a cause for fear or trepidation, but rather it should be a stimuli to continuously take inventory of all that we are so fortunate to have and a consistent reminder of how and why every single day is precious.

Happy Tuesday!

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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!