Remember when?

All of those incredibly difficult chapters that you have lived through… at the time, each one seemed almost insurmountable. And yet, here you are.

How does this happen? It’s certainly not that everything suddenly got so much easier.

Each life experience gives us opportunity to grow. Whether we like it or not. Whether we want it or not. It just is what it is.

Hopefully, a few lessons are learned along the way and these give birth to a wider foundation of collected experience that enables us to take on greater and more challenging variables.

When something massive comes out of nowhere, the statement: “nothing could have prepared us for this!“ Is a regular accompaniment. But the truth is, everything we do is preparing us.

One of the most useful aphorisms that I have encountered is: “when you lose, don’t lose the lesson.“    That is, in my humble opinion, the underlying component that perpetually keeps us more prepared for what may lie ahead.

The prognosis of positive outcomes to the vaccines are starting to pave the way to an optimistic return to normalcy. That said, I don’t think anybody was prepared for a year of lockdown. The calamity and devastation that it has left in its wake is incalculable. But our determination to prevail as bolstered our strength and enabled our growth so that we might come out of this chapter of darkness with greater enlightenment then we entered it. And perhaps that is the greatest take away of them all. Happy Wednesday!

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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!