Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, not as how you think it should be.

Would it not be a joyous experience if life were to exist exactly as you think it should be?

As a proposition, I think that is a very interesting quandary. At first blush, I think everybody would like things to be exactly as they wish that they were. But, by definition, would that not take away the most magical aspect of life? The unknown. The unexpected. The joy of discovery?

The semantics of the discussion are so easily variable as to come up with 20 variants to what I just stated as the potential problem. Meaning, you could change how you define the world in order to allow for the mystery to continue to exist. But your influence on the reality still changes everything. Just like asking the genie for unlimited wishes solves the only 3 wishes limitation. That, in and of itself is not the issue.

From Wayne‘s perspective above, he is very clear that we are not going to live in Wayne’s world, even if he wanted us to. The world is a perpetual cacophony of uncertainty. And, given that freedom comes from being at ease with the certainty of uncertainty, the real answer lies in how we are able to see the world through that filter and navigate our way through the perpetual chaos of reality.

Seeing the world for what it is, positive and negative is a great starting point. It enables us to contemplate the prospect that we might be able to change the world, and thereby transcend to a different reality than the one that we are currently experiencing.

Perhaps the best solution is to be grounded in your ability to see the world for what it is, while simultaneously feeling empowered to be catalytic in your efforts to help change the things that you do not like about it.

As Ghandi would say, “we must be the change we wish to see in the world.” 

Either way, as society continues to polarize, we are wise to do our best to see the world for what it really is. Even if you have to look harder to find the truth.

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!