You have no idea how long something you say can stay in someone’s mind.

You have no idea how long something you say can stay in someone’s mind.

What are five things your mother always said to you when you were young?

You may not remember what you and a friend were chatting about a couple months ago, but you can clearly remember something your parent said a long time ago.

Words have impact. Some are so long lasting they can linger for a lifetime.

That’s part of the impression that bullies leave. The social media cyber bullies can be so cruel and mean spirited as to leave deep, impactful scars on another human for decades.

All the more reason to stay vigilant on the things we are willing to express as well as those we are not desirous of expressing.

If something mean can last a lifetime, so is it possible that something warm, kind and loving can do the same? If we are considerate in our choices of communication, and thoughtful of how those words may land on another, does this not provide a deep opportunity to give the proverbial gift that lasts a lifetime?

We are immortalized by how others remember us. Our choice of words and deeds can resonate in others long after we have left our corporal bodies and transcended to the next dimension. Given that these are options for our immortality, I think it is most wise to carry oneself with decorum, honor and consideration, to the extent that we are able to impart unto others a selection of appropriate, heartfelt communication that resonates with them and elevates them to a desired level.

Kindness comes in many forms. When the kindness is expressed through communication of language, why not take an extra second before communicating and think about what you will say, ensure that it is something you would wish for them to remember, and deliver that with your honest intention, such that you have genuinely given of gift of magnitude. If you are able to learn how to do this with grace and diplomacy, you are learning the very subtle art of establishing your immortality, long before you leave this 3D world we live in.

Even the smallest of expressions carries the opportunity to provide something of magnitude. Remembering to let someone know that you love them, or value them, or appreciate them is so important. Most people are stingy in expressing such sentiments, but when they are expressed from the heart, they resonate in ways that a full paragraph of other expressions will never accomplish.

If you feel a need to express something negative to another human being, my advice to you is to go the shoreline closest to you, and carve it in the sand near the water. Stare at it as it is carved into the ground, and ask yourself if you really want this sentiment carved into the mind of another. The water will inevitably rise and wash away your sentiment, but in the mind of another, it may become carved in stone. Is that truly how you wish to be remembered?

Words matter. Lean how to communicate effectively. It will make all the difference in the world.

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!