You are free to choose, but you are not free from the consequences of your choice.

You are free to choose, but you are not free from the consequences of your choice.

How many choices have you made in which you are bearing the consequences that you had not forecast at the outset of having made that choice?

In the course of our lifetime we probably make hundreds of thousands of choices, a vast majority of which have no long-term impact on our lives. Yet there remain a select few in which the choices we have made are directly correlated to significant ramifications that have had long-term (or even a lifetime of) consequences.

We can make an impulse choice at a wrong moment that we might regret for the rest of our lives, and yet we would have no concept at the impetus that our choice would ultimately create such an impact on our future.

Finding the capability of keeping these core realities top of mind as we navigate our way through life, could not be more important to our overall demeanor and well-being.

When we are working our way through a series of circumstances, our understanding of this immutable law could not be more important to our overall desire, in the sense that making any form of an uninformed choice will ultimately yield outcomes, not necessarily of our choosing.

When we have weathered the consequences of such decisions, we might ultimately discover that our own ability to maintain a high level of maturity in the face of the options that remain within our own control, could not be more important to the overall outcome of our lives.

We are perpetually working to improve our circumstances and better our lives through a continuous series of options that allow us to consider the potential permutations of such options and ultimately appreciate the freedom that comes from self-determination, which happens with the choices that we ourselves are making.

This self-determination is one of the core ingredients of living a truly free life.

Freedom comes with a tremendous responsibility. As a direct result, the responsibility can be mired in outcomes that are not necessarily desirous, giving us great motivation to take the time to contemplate what we are ultimately looking to achieve through any particular choice of our making.

Choose wisely, it ultimately makes a very large difference.

Happy Monday!

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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!