We all feel in many ways as if our lives may have barely mattered in the giant scheme of things. Most of us never enter the world stage. Most live their lives in a general state of anonymity. Most have an interconnectivity to their families and friends and feel as if their overall efforts in life are less than stellar.

But if we go one order of magnitude lower in our explorations, we discover how our efforts in life have impacted others in ways that we may have long since forgotten.

Consider some of these questions, and fill in the blanks in your own mind.

Someone made you a home made meal that was so much better than any restaurant, you can still taste it when you think back.

Another took the time to explain a problem to you in school where you were so mystified that you were sure you could never understand.

What about the friend who just happened to have an extra ticket to a concert or sporting event, and asked if you wanted to go, fully knowing it was the most important thing to you, ever.

The person who was able to loan you a few dollars on a day when money seemed as far away as Jupiter.

The one who took you aside quietly and gently explained something you were doing that was impeding you socially with others.

The one who introduced you to a music track that you are still playing on your playlist decades later.

The one who took an office break and came back with a refreshment for you, because you were so glued to your desk, you were ignoring your own needs.

How about the one you called to talk to on that darkest of days when you felt you had no more left to give?

The person who had that pet that you enjoyed visiting every bit as much (if not a bit more) than the person themselves and went out of their way to give you time to spend with their pet.

The one who would teach you the most interesting little facts about the most obscure things that still resonate with you as you reflect on your spectrum of interests.

The one who gave you that cup that you look forward to drinking your coffee from in the morning.

The one who will text you out of nowhere during the day, just cuz.

The one who can just look at you and know that you are hurting and instinctively give you a hug without prompt or question.

The one who is most excited about your triumphs and cannot wait to celebrate them with you.

How about the person who stood firm with you when you needed it and inspired you to level up in your approach to life, because you were not finding the path to get there?

The one who always does something funny or silly for your birthday.

The one who you took that great photo with on Halloween way back when and still smiles when they reflect back on that day.

The one who knows your innermost, private secrets and holds them dear and private without question.

The one who demanded you read a certain book, and against your better judgement, you read it and grew exponentially as a result.

The one who always comes to mind when you hear that certain song because of the amazing memory that it evokes.

The one who complimented you from the heart on a day when you felt so low that you felt that you did not deserve a compliment.

The one who gave you your first big break and enabled you to climb in your chosen trajectory in life.

I have full confidence that this list, and countless others that I could conjure, will bring you back to moments in your life where people went the distance for you. People who may live their entire lives feeling insignificant. But the reality is that each of them are very significant in your life. Each of them was a guardian angel on your path to maturity, attracted to you by your wants and needs.

And the greater truth is that you are that person in so many other people’s lives. We are all the unsung heroes. The ones who grow through the help of being a community. We grow in our efforts to help others. We grow in our personal sacrifices to improve ourselves by being of service.

We are humans. Herd animals. We need one another. We value one another. And in our own little efforts to become a human being of merit, we give of ourselves in tiny loving doses of kindness and generosity that elevates our internal frequency to higher levels and sends us one step closer to immortality. 

Never feel insignificant. It just is not so. And if you are having pangs of those feelings, stop what you are doing right now, and do something sweet or kind for someone out of nowhere, with zero expectation. In doing so, you have just added more value to your karmic bank of value and that is often times worth far more than any monetary reward, ever.

“Remember, no man is a failure who has friends.” – Clarence Odbody III

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!