Standing alone doesn’t mean I am alone. It means I am strong enough to handle things all by myself.

Standing alone doesn’t mean I am alone. It means I am strong enough to handle things all by myself.

Being alone does not always mean you are lonely and being lonely does not mean you are always alone.

Becoming your own best friend is one of the most important of all skills in life, for a host of valuable reasons. In the growth required to befriend oneself, one learns countless lessons that all amount to the proper toolset upon which to stand in life.

Starting with the health issues, if you are truly befriending yourself, your choice of food to consume, vices to include or exclude from your regimen, exercise and mental fitness programs from which to spark personal growth, goals and dreams towards which to accelerate, and personal tools and resources required to weather the harder chapters of life, when they turn up on your doorstep in personal or professional arenas, could not be more important.

One might profess to be self sufficient in many categories, but when they are fully immersed in a situation that may prove to be overwhelming, those claims are most certainly put to the test. When things become overwhelming, we either drown or grow.

Handling things all by yourself is both a discipline and an art. One that is ensconced in a personal pride and determination that generate fortitude against any of the potential intrusions that foist themselves upon us in life. In these quiet moments of personal tenacity, we are put to the test and man becomes analogous to steel. When we lose our temper, we collapse.

The purpose of sharing ideas on a daily basis struck me as a solution to helping to change the world one thought at a time. I find these subject matters interesting and in my opinion, there are very few common places for others to find these kinds of nonjudgmental philosophies from which to learn. In my complete honesty, living a life that is mostly alone, these communications are part of a personal regimen to communicate with others something more than a “hey, what’s up?” Banal banter doesn’t connect for me, so in my quiet solitude I find one of these morsels daily from which to spawn a daily check in with others.

If you are living alone, and you are strong enough to handle things all by yourself, remember that part of that journey is still a meaningful communication with others, regardless of any personal or professional reliance.

Happy Saturday!

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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!