The Greatest Prison People Live In Is The Fear Of What Other People Think.

Ultimately does it matter? I suppose it does. Predicated upon on whom the other party is. But at the end of the day, is that really a prison that one would wish to stay in?

There are countless times in our lives where we make a contrary decision to what we desire, predicated upon our apprehension of what another might think.

Is that choice in our best interests? Possibly. But often times there are moments where a decision gets made and an opportunity lost, all for fear of what another person might interpret that as being.

The world of social media has massively amplified this variable out of proportion. People are willing to do all sorts of things through the spectrum of activity, entirely predicated upon their hope and expectation that others will think it is cool (or any other adjective that drives this kind of behavior).

In many cases it leads people to act and behave in ways that are less than what they might otherwise do, solely for peer approval.

I think it is wise to evaluate some of the choices that we make and ask ourselves whether or not those are choices that we would be making in a vacuum in which no one else were evaluating the choice that was made.

I don’t see this scenario as being black or white in terms of there always being a proper option. But when you find yourself in a scenario that is more marginal than not, sometimes it is wiser to take the less safe choice and pursue what your heart tells you is what you would like to be doing.

Legalities and morals not withstanding, there are many more subtle choices from the choice of a garment or fashion accessory or the creation of a specific piece of art or the writing of something profound in which we might be better suited to follow our heart, rather than live up to what we believe others expect of us.

Just a thought for a Monday. I hope you have an amazing day!?

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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!