Nothing is permanent. Everything is subject to change. Being is always becoming. 

Nothing is permanent. Everything is subject to change. Being is always becoming. 


Are you exactly the same person you were yesterday? 

Not even close. Even if you allowed that nothing has changed in your knowledge, your life experience within 24 hours, About 330 billion cells are replaced daily, equivalent to about 1 percent of all our cells. In 80 to 100 days, 30 trillion will have replenished—the equivalent of a new you. So even the part of you that you think is a constant is actually not.

If you spent each day staring at this gorgeous garden, you would undoubtedly see that this view is in continuous evolution. Always beautiful, but ever changing.

Once that we are willing to accept that we live in a world of catharsis, in which our own sense of reality is continually being modified, we are that much more able to navigate our way through distant perspectives of the future that we transpose on top of our actions today, such that we might someday get to those vistas. 

What is it specifically that makes this happen? The impermanence of things drives us to recognize that nothing is going to be reliably a constant, for any portion of our life, so we become that much more adept at forecasting where things are going, and thereby allowing ourselves to migrate in the proper directions. 

But given the impermanence of things, would you not agree that creates an intrinsic value in the present? 

The present is the only moment where everything in your world is a given at that moment in time. 

Allowing for surprises that others or circumstances could potentially bring you within that moment of consistency, everything else is, for all intent and purposes, a constant, for a tiny moment in space. 

Grasping that simple detail enables us to add further importance and relevance to all the time that we spend in our respective lives, doing the things that we want, aiming for the goals that are important to us, and living to the code of lifestyle that we are willing to ascribe to. 

The more that we are able to recognize that we are constantly in a state of becoming, the more this helps us to truly understand the art of being. 

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!