You can hide memories, but you can’t erase the history that produced them. If nothing else, you need to remember that. You can’t erase history, or change it.

You can hide memories, but you can’t erase the history that produced them. If nothing else, you need to remember that. You can’t erase history, or change it.

Do you have memories that you would like to forget?

We all do.

If you have lived any substantial length of time, you will inevitably have memories that you would like to see disappear. History has its own degree of permanence, and regardless of whether it is inconvenient for any of us that the history exists, the reality is, it is history because it actually transpired and if it actually transpired, there is good probability that there was a lesson for us in the process.

To ignore the history, or even worse, to try to erase that history, is a fool’s errand that yields nothing but continued problems in its wake. History is not there for you to like or dislike. It is there for you to learn from it. And if it offends you, even better. Because then you are less likely to repeat it. It’s not yours for you to erase or destroy.

We are a work in progress individually, and collectively as a society, and even more collectively as a specie on planet earth. We have millennia of remembrances, traces, and accounts of those who came before us.

Some of what we are able to learn about them teaches us things that we most desperately need to know, in order that we do not repeat the same problems and suffer the same misfortunes as those who preceded us.

If we are prudent and equally unafraid of our history, we are that much more served to leverage all of that to our overall benefit, in the sense that our understanding of how, and why things transpired may impart upon us enough wisdom that we are all the more intelligent about the options that we choose, when presented.

Your past may not be everything that you had hoped, and wished that it might be, but with a greater understanding of where things have come from, we will be all the more wise to plot intelligent pathways for the future.

Happy Friday!

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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!