The most simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.

The most simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.


Some people see a leaf, others see a miraculous symmetry of interconnecting veins, delicately interwoven within an organic fabric of cells.

Some people see a bug, while others put that longhorn beatle under an electron microscope and reveal the intense, intricately constructed face that most will never have witnessed.

In the small amount of space surrounding you at this moment, are countless visual wonders, each resplendent in their construct, functionality and design. 

As you look ever more closely, you are using one of the most amazing of them all. Your eyes. For in your eyes, the entire reality of the world you occupy is taken in, sent to your magnificent brain and processed, countless times per second.  The eye contains over two million working parts and is considered the second most complex organ in the body— the most complex is the brain. When light hits the retina (a light-sensitive layer of tissue at the back of the eye), special cells called photoreceptors turn the light into electrical signals. These electrical signals travel from the retina through the optic nerve to the brain. Then the brain turns the signals into the images you see.

Sometimes the world is so overwhelming, we skip past countless miracles that are manifest before our very eyes, and instead, we can see very little in the process. We gloss over everything of magnificence and concentrate entirely on the mundane.

Perhaps a smarter solution would be to allow a percentage of every day to reflect on some of the most extraordinary details in our world. If you are searching for your starting point, try googling “golden mean” or “golden ratio.” There’s a mathematical ratio commonly found in nature—the ratio of 1 to 1.618—that has many names. Most often we call it the Golden Section, Golden Ratio, or Golden Mean, but it’s also occasionally referred to as the Golden Number, Divine Proportion, Golden Proportion, Fibonacci Number, and Phi. As you dig, you will see that this is the proportion of our bodies, and it is exhibited in succulent plants, flowers, nautilus shells, and countless other places. Why is everything conforming to this exact mathematical ratio? Are we living in a simulation?

There is true wisdom in being cognizant of the outstanding world surrounding us. Take a few moments every day, wake up out of your daily regimen and find the deep secrets that are staring you in the face, awaiting your joyous discovery!

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!