The Devil whispered  in my ear, “You are not strong enough to withstand the storm.”  Today I whispered in the Devil’s ear, “ I AM THE STORM.”

The Devil whispered  in my ear, “You are not strong enough to withstand the storm.” 

Today I whispered in the Devil’s ear, “ I AM THE STORM.”

What else you got?!

Did you really think THAT was going to take ME down?

Life throws some pretty intense curve balls. And to be honest, some of them can be truly daunting.

We work our entire lives trying to achieve small pieces of joy, in-between large volumes of effort, energy, stress, calculations, fortitude, and perseverance, all galvanized by daily determination.

So when life comes along and tries to knock us off of our game, or a bad agent in life comes along and tries to take us for a joyride or take financial advantage of us, we are left with a few choices.

Do we throw in the towel and surrender? Do we turn our backs and walk away and just let it go? Do we raise our voice and stand up for ourselves? Or do we turn within and rise up as the vanquishing agent that is no longer willing to accept these types of behaviors under these circumstances?

Do you remember that most famous scene in Breaking Bad, where Skyler tells Walt to “stop trying to justify this and admit you are in danger.”? In that moment, Walter White, the most fascinating of all evil human beings, turns to Skylar and admits his reality to her, “I am not in danger, Skyler, I am the danger!” It became one of the most iconic moments of one of the most popular television shows of all time.

And why was that? It was because Vince Gilligan set Walter White up as this meek human being who life tread upon on all fronts. He was down for the count and lost in life, left to die. We, the audience fell in love with him, despite our lack of identifying with his evil morals, because he represents all of us feeling powerless against the biggest of forces in life. This scene became iconic because it is the moment where Walt finally owns his status. We, the audience, have been on the journey with him as he has risen from the most meek, to the most powerful, and in this moment, he vocalizes what we have all witnessed in his transformation. It is one of the most memorable, most gripping scenes from any television show, ever.

You do not have to be an evil human being to take back the power. The Devil may come whispering into your ear that “you are not strong enough.” Life may force you down on your knees, praying for a solution. But if you are capable of embracing that “you are the storm,” that you are the force to be reckoned with, that you are “the one who knocks,” then your infusion of personal power will catapult you from your moment of low esteem, to the power needed to escalate to where you most need to be.

Just stay on the positive side of life, employ wonderful moral values, be kind to everyone, most especially yourself, and avoid all temptation to go to the dark side, like Walter did. You do not have to become Heisenberg to be powerful! You just have to be an outstanding human being who is not afraid to stand up for yourself.

Happy Sunday!


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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!