Stay close to anything that makes you glad you’re alive.

What or whom makes you grateful that you are alive? 

For most people, it is a collection of living things, physical things, and experiences. In this collection, we find ourselves delineating the reasons that these particular stimuli are so important to us. 

If we were to interview a large group of individuals, I would predict the most likely recurring element would be loved ones. Family and friends are traditionally the most common variable that makes us feel the greatest of joys in life. 

Given the importance of this, do we spend ample time making those people feel that they are that special to us? Do we go out of our way periodically to let them know that we feel this way and that collectively, it is only through their presence, that we garner this joy and appreciation? 

For other people, it is a animal that delivers that tremendous unconditional love that lets them feel so joyous and appreciative in life. Again, I would state, do we find cause or reason to make those animals aware? If it is an animal, are we spending quality time with that animal, and giving it of ourselves, in the same way that it gives of itself to us? 

For others, it is one of tens of thousands of unique passions in life, spanning the entire spectrum of human engagement and experiences… from artistic endeavors to scientific endeavors to any form of exploration, invention, and creation of the prerequisite element that drove us to that specific pursuit of time. 

We are creatures that find happiness through so many different forms of stimuli, and we would almost certainly not be content with any other individual’s particular preferences of experiences or stimuli. 

The myopic nature of what works for each individual, is so specific as to not work at all for other parties. Even those who are very close to the individual. That is part of what makes the human experience, so enjoyable. Our determination to pursue these variables drives the entire course of human progression. 

So once you have been very clear in your mind as to what brings you this degree of passion and satisfaction, go out of your way to make the living stimuli very aware of your appreciative nature, and work even more diligently to pursue any of the non-living passions with your highest degree of excellence. 

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!