Raise Your Words, Not Your Voice. It Is Rain That Grows Flowers, Not Thunder.

When one is mad, it is so much easier to scream. One gets an instant release, an opportunity to watch harsh words strike another, and see their hurt reaction.

That option has tremendous short term value. In many cases it actually feels good to let it all out and say what needs to be said.

But with every passing second after it has left one’s mouth, the return on that option decreases in extreme proportion in relationship to the short term benefit of releasing one’s emotion.

Any possible alternate opportunity is instantly eradicated in the choice of harsh words. Any opportunity for correcting a misunderstanding that could have led to those harsh words being said is dramatically reduced.

And all possibility for everything being as good as it was prior to those words being uttered, is eliminated forever.

As children, we are far more susceptible to our Id. Freud would say that we allow the Id to harshly control a spectrum of our behavior.

But as adults, if we are practical, we learn to find a large chasm between the stimulus and the response, thereby enabling us to elevate our words and potentially utilize our strategy and our intellect to greater potential.

I think the aphorisms that Rumi wrote are among the world’s best. This one is so simple but it is so important for everyone to learn.

Happy Friday?

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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!