My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness. Continue to allow humor to lighten the burden of your tender heart.

My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness. Continue to allow humor to lighten the burden of your tender heart.


Sometimes the single best thing we are able to do is to just carry on. Stand tall and proud, head high, shoulders back and face the world with your single greatest strength…. Your persistence.

If it feels as if the world is slowly becoming more repressive and aggressive, that is because it genuinely is. If you can sense that change is coming, that is also because it has already left the station and is barreling down the tracks, headed straight for us.

Yet, that is the most interesting thing about life. As quickly as it may escalate in a specific direction, there are counterforces which are balancing points to hold most of it in check. If a pendulum swings aggressively in one direction, we may almost always count on the physics that will eventually pull it back in the opposite direction.

Great societies rise, dominate, suffocate in their own ignorance, giving way to new societies with new agendas. It has always been this way for Homo sapiens and it does not appear to be relenting soon. 

Periodically we encounter a new faction of a populous who are determined to impose their will upon other, less capable people. In this proverbial swing of a pendulum, those who are imposing their will, do so with a self-righteous vigor that unquestionably makes the oppressed party find cause to organize and revolt against the status quo.

I do not believe there is a solution to this. I wish there were. As a child, I listened to my mother hope for a world in which everything was compassionate, understanding, tender and sincere. I would listen to her hopes and yet, it was always very clear to me that it was an utopian dream that was not representative of what Homo sapiens are capable of achieving at this stage of our evolution. Regardless of how much she hoped it would be like that, my experiences continued to prove out how very unlikely those odds were.

In contrast, my father was far less utopian in his perspective, but his take on things was to be extra kind to everyone he met, to greet them with a warm smile and a genuine desire to be appreciative of their presence. He would tease in a friendly way with people that would quickly win them over and cause them to sense his genuine warmth and kindness. That was never lost on me.

When the larger picture feels so overwhelming at times, I believe the only refuge we may have is to go deep within and manifest a genuine part of our internal being that wants to communicate with others in a way that enables them to sense our true qualities and to enable them to drop defenses and communicate back to us with equal warmth and appreciation.

In the end, isn’t that one of life’s greatest treasures?

Happy Saturday!

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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!