With patience, the distant shore can still be reached by shaping oars from a broken mast.

The world is in shambles, the comforts that we have taken for granted are variable at best. Millions of business owners around the world have been decimated. And yet the human spirit, being what it is, is already rallying towards a new future.

Patience delivers greater rewards, if for no other reason, than a rash move eliminates some of the opportunities that might have presented themselves if a little more time had been available.

I have never been accused of being a patient person. I continue to try and teach myself the value of this somewhat unattainable quality, and some days, I actually feel as if I have made some progress. And others, I see the same critical character flaw in myself that has always been there.

Conversely, I had some friends who have more patience than I could possibly fathom. Sometimes this pans out very well for them, and other times, I find myself urging them to make a move before they would be ready.

Having the self-discipline to take into consideration all of the governing variables so as to make the best possible decision, is one of life‘s greatest lessons. Sometimes, things happen, and upon reflection, we recognize that an even better outcome was obtained as a result of allowing the course of events to play out.

It is considerably easier to resign in the face of an apparent defeat, than it is to take complete inventory of what remains and craft an oar from the broken mask in order to reach the distant shore.

In our current situation, the entire world is facing the same set of variables and humanity at large must evolve in this critical path in order for us to re-emerge a better and stronger specie. It will take many bright minds from many disciplines to galvanize the variables at their disposal in order to relaunch society in an intelligent and productive manner.

I believe collectively we are more than capable of achieving this and significantly more behind that. I very much want to be instrumental in this process and I feel incredibly grateful for the friends and collaborators with whom I am working to add our own little piece of the big puzzle.

I hope you have a very productive 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!