When you’re in a dark place, you tend to think you’ve been buried. Perhaps you’ve been planted. Bloom!

When you’re in a dark place, you tend to think you’ve been buried. Perhaps you’ve been planted. Bloom!

How do you pull yourself out of a dark place?

Life takes many turns… good, bad, and otherwise. What is it that facilitates our ability to refocus our efforts and emerge victorious? Is it our indomitable will? Or perhaps, our fortitude? Does our internal determination override all negative stimuli, such that we might prevail?

What exactly transpires in our mind, that causes the switch to flip?

We take for granted so many things that happen in our world. Upon closer inspection, we are able to recognize patterns in our lives, each of which spells out specific formulas that we must study in order that we may best leverage our internal resources upon demand.

Each of us have different resources that we rely upon in moments like this. Some of us confide in others, and hope that in that discussion with someone whom we trust, a catharsis within us is generated. Others turn within and rely upon exercise, meditation, good music, and other resources. Some seek professional help in one of many categories. Failing any of these opportunities, many of us might turn to eating or consuming substances that make us feel better temporarily.

The short term solution allows a period of time to pass from whatever the inciting moment was, such that we may transition into a reconciliation within ourselves.

In this reconciliation, we must come to terms with whatever it is, that has put us in a dark place. This may be excruciating, but it is the only pathway out of the darkness. 

You gain strength by stopping and staring fear in the face.

A complete recognition of whatever is transpiring in your world is critical to your ability to overcome that issue and arrive in a new frame of reference, willing to utilize all of the necessary resources to emerge once again.

The continuous desire to thrive must remain intact. With this desire in place, a rebirth of sorts is always possible. Sometimes this requires acceptance of a potential limitation that has been encountered in whatever it is that you are pursuing.

If that limitation is immutable, then the only option is to bypass that limitation and progress forward with newfound enthusiasm and determination. Nothing less will suffice.

I have encountered many people who are weathering these kinds of existential circumstances. It was incredibly prevalent during Covid. The only methods that I have encountered that seem to work, are the ones in which the party is willing to recognize that something in their world must change and, as a direct result, take action to effectuate this change as quickly as it is pragmatic.

Life is both unfair and unpredictable.

There are moments that are high notes and unquestionably, just like any wonderful symphony, there are low notes as well. If you are able to visualize your world within that context, you are at the first stage of regeneration. You will bloom again. You must believe in that and take every action to ensure that positive outcome.

Happy Thursday!

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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!