Many of the aphorisms talk about absolute values. Conditions or experiences that are most aptly described as ideals: valor, courage, determination, resolve, etc.

These are objectives which help us at every stage to maintain a basic harmony in our existence. These values propel us through the chapters of life that are most challenging, delivering their individual qualities that boost our inner being into a state of capability.

What I find about aphorisms is that few are readily capable of just providing a toehold to hang on in times when everything just gets overwhelming.

What then is the solution for the day to day resolve to just be OK? Is it a question of peace of mind? Sometimes that does not enable our ability to propel ourselves into tomorrow. Sometimes, today seems overwhelming and tomorrow may appear a distant future. What then?

If we are clear in our understanding of the processes at our disposal, we work our very best to deliver ourselves through that day with expectation that tomorrow will bring new and more promising options.

We dig deeply into our suite of resources and evaluate which of the many concepts and methodologies are going to make the difference. Coming into the present. Attracting the components that are so necessary in our lives.  Feeling (and expressing) gratitude for the things in our lives for which we have to be grateful. Exercising to offset the stress levels that our lives heap upon us. Distracting ourselves with positive diversion that takes our minds away from the continuous flow of concern. And working to stay away from vices that are so readily used as a crutch to temper our disposition in the heat of the circumstances we are weathering. 

As I communicate with friends, almost everyone I know is embattled with Issues of magnitude. We offer each other comfort and friendship and we commiserate with one another as best we may.

Wherever we find a proactive step to take towards new territory with the potential of a positive outcome, we advance dutifully in that direction. It would be nice if we had the cure-all solution, but in most cases that does not exist. Failing that, the only remedy for our daily malady is focus. Without focus, none of the rest of it will work.

I believe that focus is a keystone to unraveling the continuous dismay felt in times of core stress. when your mind is ablaze with a flurry of concerns, fears and tribulations, the first step in bringing any of the other tools into play is focus. This enables us to look deep within ourselves and search for a toehold on which we may stand. Once that is achieved, the next steps must inevitably be taken and with each and every step, we navigate ourselves into tomorrow. For all the great virtues that I muse about, focus must unquestionably remain primary. Without focus, we are in random chaos from which almost nothing positive derives.

Some days, it truly does take a lot of work just to be OK. On those days, comfort your angry inner child by letting them know that you will find the solution, regardless of how anything appears at that particular moment. Then focus, establish your options, prioritize them and commence. It is the only route forward.

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!