Never forget who helped you out while everyone else was making excuses. 

Never forget who helped you out while everyone else was making excuses. 

Who has been by your side, during your lowest moments?

Everybody hits a down trend at various moments in their life. 

If nothing else, these moments facilitate our ability to filter our true friends from fair-weather friends, who are only there, when we are thriving. 

Understanding the difference between these two kinds of friends could not be more important for our overall health and well-being. When we understand with whom we are dealing, we are that much more capable of making informed choices as to which information about our lives, we are willing to share, and with whom. 

People have different reasons for bonding with one another. The myriad reasons are so diverse as to defy any particular combination of variables. But as we watch the behavior of those with whom we fraternize, we are that much more aware of the dynamic that bonds us to that other person, and as a result, we can be that much more informed about the choices we might make in any single one of those relationships. 

Conversely, when you know that another party in your world is on a down cycle, are you checking in with them to let them know that you’re thinking about them and that you care? 

Are you extending of yourself and trying to help them out of the quagmire which is engulfing them, in order that they might get to safe harbor again? 

As much as we might learn about others, in these circumstances, we are also very capable of learning significant information about ourselves on both sides of the equation, both when we are down and struggling, as well as when we are thriving, and someone else in our world is hurting. 

Trying to find our own equilibrium in the midst of all of these variables is important for countless reasons. Understanding how we feel about these variables, empowers us to make wiser decisions that are less emotion-based and more oriented around the reality of a particular situation, and/or the parties within. 

In our journey, through these moments in time, we are unquestionably growing, and through that growth, we are hopefully evolving into evermore higher frequencies of being. 

It is only through these continuous engagements that we are ultimately capable of understanding ourselves, and more importantly, understanding what truly connects us with the other people in our world. 

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!