Living in the here and now is a gift. That’s why they call it the present.

Living in the here and now is a gift. That’s why they call it the present.

Have you ever contemplated that perhaps you are living in the greatest age of humanity since the dawn of time?

Some of you are old enough to remember being a kid during World War II, and others, going down my list start to populate further down the time line through the decades.

Most of us lived through one of the greatest ages of music ever.

We watched Kennedy promise we would get to the moon and we did.

We talked of landing a craft on Mars and it has happened.

We witnessed music go from one speaker to two to four to surround.

Television from black and white to color to HD to 4K to 8K.

Movies jumping from 35mm to 70mm to IMAX to digital.

The dawn of the internet and the connectivity of humanity.

The rise of the smart device and its role as the external hard drive to the brain.

Connectivity of humanity has brought more benefit than problem, but the problems are ever present.

Medicine accelerated to ever more impressive results.

And countless other innovations from video games to crypto currency, block chains, decentralized finance and everything else under the sun continue to spring forth.

So have you ever considered that you are living in “the present”?  In many ways, it feels very much like a present. If you read of many of the anomalies and maladies of days gone past, a large percentage of them have been overcome, perhaps paving way for other issues, but also paving way for more time to enjoy the present.

Changing the perspective on how we view life is most important for a prolonged, happy existence. Finding gratitude for the things that make us fortunate in our lives supports all of our hopes and elevates them to higher status in the expectation that hopes and dreams do come true. 

Some spend their lives reminiscing about the past. Others are fully vested in solely the future.

But the only thing that is real is the present. It is ours to embrace, enjoy and experience.

Once you see it as such, each and every day is a present, a gift for you to embrace with every part of your being and appreciate because they are finite, the experiences are all short-lived and our opportunity to engage and appreciate could not be any more important, as in these practices, comes our sense of fulfillment.

Enjoy your gift today, it is life’s present to you! And you hold it all, in the palm of your hand.

Happy Thursday!

Yesterday I said I was going to write a paper on what is Web 3.0. If you are interested in the topic, here is a link.

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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!