What if, everything you are going through is just preparing you for what you asked for?

What if, everything you are going through is just preparing you for what you asked for?

It is so easy in life to presume we already have or we already are the complete package. No matter what age we are, it is an easy presumption to make.

But…. What if we are not? What if each of the twists and turns on the road to growing into whom we need to become are exactly that… lessons from the road? 

And… what if those lessons, good, bad and neutral are in position to make our world more complete…. Even the painful ones that feel as if we are losing something or someone of significant value in our world?

The “poor me” syndrome is responsible for all of our internal “pity party” moments that show up in our lives through the course of the years we invest in whatever pursuits have caught our attention and which demand our focus. These down moments strike us as moments of defeat in which we wonder if we may ever recover and stand strong and proud once again.

When you have lived a significant period of time, you finally realize that both the highs and lows do not last. Life is a roller coaster of ups and downs. When I was in my late teens/early 20’s, my father would always tell me that if I were in a metaphorical trough and feeling down about an event, occurrence or experience, that I should recognize that being in the trough just means that there is another exhilarating hill that was coming and soon I would be on a peak again! He left out (perhaps purposefully) the metaphor about Sisyphus perpetually pushing the boulder up the mountain, but even if we are pushing that boulder up the mountain on our way to the peak, perhaps that boulder sculpts us, makes us stronger, and empowers us to accelerate into our future in ways that may not have been remotely possible without the training that came from the pushing of the boulder.

If everything were painless and easy, then everyone would be able to do everything. So when your particular calling is weighing most heavily on you, keep top of mind that most people could not do what you are doing, and your efforts in those categories make you unique, special and privileged to be capable of rising above the crowd in your particular pursuit of excellence. And if it brings us down a few notches along the way, then perhaps those are all for the better in grand scheme of what makes us into whom we most wish to become.

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!