Sometimes miracles are just good people with kind hearts.

Have you ever personally witnessed a miracle?

Are you sure?

Miracles are the stuff of organized religion, legends and myths. They are an elevated experience that towers over the ordinary. In this context they are defined as: ”a surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore considered to be the work of a divine agency.” But as the word expanded in our vernacular, it also became defined as: “a highly improbable or extraordinary event, development, or accomplishment that brings very welcome consequences.”

Given the parameters of what might constitute a miracle, is it possible that you are capable of creating one, all by yourself?

I personally believe it is not only possible, but I work with regularity to create them wherever and whenever I am able. 

We all possess something that is truly needed by another. It may be physical items, relationships, knowledge, opportunity, money, or capability, amongst others. Sometimes a miracle is just created with love and goodness in your heart. Those are the ones I would like to elaborate on.

No matter how strong, self reliant, determined and focused a person is, deep inside, they still crave attention from another. Some people have been so hard pressed by life that they are barely holding on by the thinest of threads, struggling to stay afloat in a sea of confusion, disappointment, financial failure and hard times. I know this to be true, as I have found myself there in life, in an earlier chapter and it was horribly debilitating.

In a moment like that, someone may throw you a lifeline. It may be a check in call, a loving text message, a chance to share a meal, take a walk or just have someone to be sitting by your side, while you are surfing the waves of despair. It might be someone who believes in you and loans you money, or offers to take up some of the slack in your world, or invests in your company when others do not see your vision.

Whether you have personally ever experienced a moment in your life where you feel you need a miracle, you might discover a huge value in recognizing that others are feeling like that right now. They are holding on by the tiniest of strings of hope, praying that someone or something will come along to elevate them to where they wish to be.

I have received miracles and I have created miracles and I can share that on either side of the coin, the miracle is, in and of itself, a truly joyous sight to behold. In that tiny moment, we see a spark of our humanity that is most times dormant and not top of mind. When we are able to unleash that strength to the benefit of another living creature, we unlock one of our greatest personal superhero powers. The power of compassion and empathy. I would most certainly rather have these superhero powers than most of the others that DC and Marvel have conjured. 

And as a filmmaker/storyteller, I would rather write about a superhero that has these powers over all of the other ones, because those stories matter, and people remember them. When you tell a story about a normal person who overcomes their own self-centered lifestyle in order to become more compassionate, you win the Best Picture Academy Award… just watch Rainman. 

Happy Thursday!

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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!