The range of human emotion is so broad and so vast as to create deep confusion in even the most enlightened of individuals. Sometimes circumstances can be so overwhelming as to shadow the core reality in which one is living.

But, after one has lived long enough, one is left with the realization that circumstances ultimately resolve, life continues, reality adjusts and we persist on making our way through life.

Whether the moon is in the process of waxing or waning, at some point in the cycle, it is ultimately a full moon again. In using this metaphor to illuminate the human condition, it is sometimes easier for one to recognize that the circumstances that one is feeling embattled by, will give way to brighter days ahead.

I have spent hours looking at the moon over the course of my lifetime. And in these moments, I am certain the entire spectrum of human emotions have coursed through my mind.

Perhaps one can find solace in looking at the cycles of the moon, but if that variable does not resonate, then perhaps looking to the moon as the only proximal item that is capable of reflecting sunlight back down to earth in it’s own luminous fashion might help.

For in that exercise, one might discover that when one has no more light to share at this moment in their life, being a reflection of the light that others around them are projecting will carry the day until one is able to emit light on their own.

2020 seems destined to be the year that causes humanity to wake up. To look around and recognize that the beautiful reality that we take for granted can be maligned and distorted by a host of variables.

Given those parameters, it becomes incumbent upon each of us to find our own internal sense of illumination and to utilize that in our relationships with others. For in the exercise of spreading light, humanity continues to thrive.

No matter what phase you feel you are in at any given moment, take refuge in the thought that within a reasonable period of time you will be whole again?

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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!