You can’t change how people treat you or what they say about you. All you can do is change how you react to it.

You can’t change how people treat you or what they say about you. All you can do is change how you react to it.


Are you impervious to the way others feel about you?

Is anyone?

We might all like to believe that we are such, but the reality is that almost all of us remain susceptible to the outside opinions surrounding us. Why is that so necessary?

Is it because we are raised in a society that continues to reflect in on itself? And in doing so, are there ample opportunities for every last person to find fault in another?

In the world of unequal attributes, it stands to reason that everyone will find qualities in another that they either admire, disrespect, or covet. That is just a human experience.

In order to be fully evolved as a higher level being, coming to terms with the fact that you will never be approved by everyone, is a core tenet that must be adopted, in order to have a relatively peaceful and less stress-oriented existence.

Once you are clear that regardless of everything that you do, everything that you try, every compromise or adjustment you are willing to make, there will always be someone on the sidelines feeling negative feelings towards some aspect of who, or what you are, or what you are doing, the more free as an individual, you ultimately become.

We become trapped in our own society’s issues. We witness them in various media, only to transpose those feelings onto our world with apprehension that perhaps we are giving others the cause to judge us.

But do we really have an opportunity to live our lives to their fullest if we are continually trying to dance to the tune of someone else’s calling? Wouldn’t it perhaps be wiser for us to recognize this simple truth? Once we are capable of understanding that we are never going to please all of our potential detractors, we become instantly liberated from a large assortment of their shackles, placed upon us for the most part, by our own allowance.

When we take control of our allowance, and eliminate any external and internal reaction, we are considerably more free to dance to the own tune of our own choosing.

In the end, no one can mentally hurt you without your own permission. If you are truly capable of revoking any permission internally, that you might be granting them in the course of your daily existence, you eliminate all of the power that a third-party might have in reducing any feelings you might have, that are positive towards your own self.

In the end, you are now free to go about life at your own options, and if others are incapable of understanding, or appreciating the choices that you are making, you have put all of that problem on their shoulders and eliminated it from your own.

These are the tools that will enable you to live life on a considerably more free basis, such that you may experience all that life has to offer without the values that others have expressed towards you in their own limited capacity to understand everything that is going on in your world, and the reasons for the choices that you are making.

Happy Wednesday!

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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!