You can’t change the past, but you can change the way you think about it.

You can’t change the past, but you can change the way you think about it.

Wouldn’t it be nice if life came with the opportunity to reverse and then undo some of the decisions that we made previously? 

If there were such an option, would you use it? 

Given that there is not such an option, are you able to reconcile yourself with the choices that you’ve made previously, forgive yourself for the choices you wish you would have changed, and learn from the the post mortem you put yourself through? 

There are so many choices that we make on a weekly basis, as to make them almost uncountable. From the tiny minutia, such as  choosing to read this post, to the incredibly critical choices, such as choosing whom you wish to be friends with, whom you wish to marry, which job you should take and other life-altering options. 

The one consistency in all of these, is your brain. Even then, your brain is subject to so many disparate moods, and alternate variables, as to make that an unpredictable realm. 

Where, in all of us do we find the strength to review the thoughts and choices that lead us to where we are currently and explore, whether or not we are still completely in accord with all of them? 

Somewhere in our journey, we must learn to reflect on these choices, and ask ourselves whether or not, we might have made the same choice now, knowing what we currently know. 

Everyone has variables like this, ones that they regret in their life. The best of the best are the ones who are able to reconcile themselves with their choices, and facilitate a pathway towards compassion and forgiveness of oneself for having made the choice that one might have made under certain circumstances. 

To spend the rest of one’s life punishing oneself is a waste of all the rest of that tremendously magical and critical life left to live. 

The wisest choices we can possibly conjure are the ones that enable us to continue to move forward with our heads held high and our pride intact, and our determination and tenacity reinforced, such that when we hit our next comparable crossroad, we are that much more prepared and armed to make the best decision. 

Happy Sunday!

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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!