Sometimes we fall down because there is something down there we are supposed to find.

Sometimes we fall down because there is something down there we are supposed to find.

We have all taken a plunge on more than one occasion in life. It is neither fun, nor comfortable, nor desirable, but whether we wish for it to happen or not, it is part of the plan.

I find it useful, in the lowest part of the experience, to survey the territory, metaphorically speaking, because I am most often not in that particular zone.

There is a particular societal and self-inflicted shame associated with falling down, but whether or not we are willing to dismiss the shame, the opportunity that shame brings to us for reflection, and for a greater sense of purpose, could not be more important.

When we are flying high, our perspective is vast, our opportunities exponential, our confidence, soaring.

When we crash, it is painful, ugly, and reprimanding.

But it can also be incredibly enlightening.

Especially if your ego is healthy enough to embrace the learning opportunity on your doorstep.

When you fall and hit rock bottom, try and survey the environment. Your feelings. The disappointment. The bitterness. The vacancy of everything you had set your mind to achieve. In that void, you are witnessing the antithesis to your desire. This is the moment to consider the possibility that your thoughts brought you here. Perhaps your fears of what could happen are the architect of why you are here?

Buddha said… What we think, we become.

If your fears drove you to fall, the antithesis of these fears are the rocket fuel to propel you into the stratosphere. The positive thoughts and visualization are fully capable of delivering you from this rock bottom, to where you most wish to be.

So when you survey the environment at the bottom, your inner voice is sharing a negative emotion with you to wake you up and let you know that your thoughts are completely not in alignment with with your expectations. If you are living in fear, then you are not going full speed forward in the direction you most desire. In fact, you are attracting the opposite.

These disappointed, angry feelings must serve as your flashcard, to wake you up and snap out of the mental state that got you to where you are at that low moment. Change your thoughts with positivity and energy and you will instantly start to feel the power surging back into your being. Instead of lamenting what did not happen, start focusing on what you are going to make happen. It sounds minuscule in comparison, but in actuality, it is vastly disparate.

Happy Tuesday!

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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!