Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones that you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, dream, discover.

How many things are on your list of “I must do this in my lifetime”?

How many of those are leftovers from a much larger list, from which you have already completed a significant selection?

Of the ones that remain, how dedicated are you to ensuring you will find your path to ensuring that they come to fruition?

When we are young, life is infinite. It seems as if we may pack a lifetime of experiences into a lifetime. I recognize the ignorance of the previous statement and use it intentionally because we believe a lifetime is vast. When we envision those experiences and accomplishments we are not taking into consideration what percentage of life is used up by just living. The day to day regimen of making life’s logistics work. The efforts and time spent on relationships with all people, family and friends in our lives. The day to day energies spent on keeping a household going, raising children, supporting the people around us whom we love and care about.

We do not envision that other logistics may impede that progress. An unexpected illness, or accident, or a pandemic or financial crisis in the world. So in our projections there is always plenty of time to get to ‘that.’

The truth is, there isn’t. Time is precious. Resources are available when they are available and can disappear instantly in a crisis or for other reasons. We have to be in tune with life’s ebbs and flows, and understand that our opportunity is right now. In that understanding, comes a determination, a force of will that must become indomitable within ourselves. Every obstacle will come into your path, looming like the horrific beasts that they are. They wish to rob us of our dreams, cause us to pale and wither, and compromise from what we are most determined to achieve.

The reality is that with courage, fortitude, determination and a small smattering of arrogance, we are able to prevail upon these experiences, these moments of potential set back and resume our desired course of action with a newfound tenacity that nothing is capable of deterring. 

Life is most certainly short. Our full focus on arriving at a destination we have set for ourselves with destiny is the only thing that will allow us to get there. Nothing else will do it.

If you have a dream, pursue it now. If you have goals, set them and do not ever relent until you have reached them. If you are insistent on these truths, many of the other parts of life will align to your favor.

And if you hit a setback, see it as an illusion. One that will be disabled through your indomitable desires to get to where you are headed.

Nothing short of that is worth spending your valuable time as a 3 dimensional being in this reality. 

That is the E Ticket ride (see Disneyland circa 1966).

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!