Sometimes what didn’t work out for you, if fact, worked out for you.

Sometimes what didn’t work out for you, if fact, worked out for you.

What’s the biggest event in your rearview mirror that didn’t work out for you?

Dreamers (and I mean that in a complementary context) have huge aspirations that are continually being forecast, such that we might seek the rewards of the accomplishment of those dreams. 

Part of the collateral damage of being a dreamer is having certain dreams that do not come to fruition. As we evaluate the ones that did not mature as expected, we can find countless reasons for why, and how, those dreams did not materialize as we might have hoped,

One of the most important of the tools of resilience is the one that recognizes that sometimes, when something does not work out, it is actually doing you the bigger favor than if it were to have played out as projected. I believe that it takes a degree of maturity to recognize, after numerous chapters of this magnitude, that it really does not matter with whom or why a particular dream did not manifest, but that there is something even more rewarding in its place. 

Is this solely because that dreamer is setting up the next and the next and the next in sequence? There is no question that that is certainly part of why this transpires the way that it does, but there is also the maturity factor that enables a person who understands this lesson to absorb the loss of whatever it was that did not come to fruition as just being part of the overall game of life and not a make or break, do or die, as it might want to appear, at its most emotionally vulnerable moment. 

Ultimately, it is the elasticity of the soul that gives continuous way for these kinds of experiences to run their course and leave their lesson on their way up. When you are in the initial stages of learning, the most valuable of life lessons, learning to accept this core reality can be a tough pill to swallow. But as with most hard lessons in life, we really have little choice in the matter. It happens, and in the end, our attitude is the only string we have to play upon.

So when it is your turn to play the melody… make it a positive one.

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!