One of the best gifts you can give someone is thanking them for being part of your life.

One of the best gifts you can give someone is thanking them for being part of your life.

When you take personal inventory, one of the most valuable things in your overall collection of wealth must inevitably be the people who have given up their time, their spirit and their love to help enrich your life. 

Truly, we are so fortunate to find people in our world who wish to bestow these treasures upon us. 

Some of the greatest gifts we may deliver to others stem from extending friendship, compassion, knowledge, life experience, depth of understanding, tenderness and love. 

If we are wise enough to discern these variables as being amongst the most valuable of anything we could possibly receive in life, we are far more likely to live a life that is whole and complete.

Conversely, the recognition of these qualities as being so incredibly valuable, gives us ample opportunity to bestow these gifts on other worthy individuals who become part of our lives for a shorter or longer periods of time. In these gifts that we deliver to others, we impart value in numerous ways, just in our presence in their world.

When you think about it, it does not require enormous amounts of effort or energy to be as present and nourishing to another human being as we might expect. Sometimes it is the simple act of communication that delivers these seemingly incidental values. Yet, they can be collectively comprehensive in their scope of importance to the other party. 

It is my belief that if more people were aware of this one simple fact and made a concerted effort to try and deliver this value to others wherever they may, the world would elevate in consciousness at a considerable rate. Our society values materialism and keeps the majority of us running on proverbial treadmills, trying to keep pace with the continuous need to accelerate in those arenas. However, if the value system shifted just enough that the appreciation of expending a percentage of time being of service to others was elevated to the forefront, I could not help but believe that humanity at large would start to vibrate at a considerably higher frequency, overall. 

The materialistic drive has continually generated class warfare and diminished a significant portion of the population to lower status in order that those who have achieved the ranks of privilege might continuously enjoy the financial fruits of their strata. In my exploration of different people in different strata, I do not observe that materialism necessarily delivers the optimum happiness, nor does the lack of materialism eliminate the opportunity for a joyous lifestyle. 

I think if more people were willing to communicate to others about how appreciative they are for the other party’s  involvement in their lives, it would amplify this behavior and create a greater effort overall for those to bestow upon others of their time, their thoughts, their energy and their love.

Life is so very short, it is incumbent upon all of us to work diligently to deliver some of our value to others through friendship, companionship, mentoring, and general goodwill to strangers. 

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!