Why were you born? 

Bypassing the obvious biological answer, I started to contemplate the deeper response.

Fate?  Destiny?

Fate: the will or principle or determining cause by which things in general are believed to come to be as they are or events to happen as they do : DESTINY

Destiny: a predetermined course of events often held to be an irresistible power or agency

I have often felt that both fate and destiny were a poetic license for trying to project alignment atop moments of incongruity into some perceived higher order. It is wonderful for myths, legends and literature, but does it hold true in reality?

I have always liked to believe that I am in control of my own future. I have not ascribed to any religion or belief system that facilitates my belief that there is anything stronger than my own personal will and determination as to create any outcome in my life that I am seeking.  I make no assertions that I am correct in my belief.

So what is the answer to the question, why were you born? It certainly isn’t to pay bills and die. 

There are many answers to the question, predicated upon geographical location, moment in history, biological relatives, circumstances, physical characteristics, and so much more.

If we have a soul or an internal Spirit or LifeSource within us, did that exist prior to conception? Does it live beyond death? Does it reincarnate?

There are so many potential answers to the question as to make this simple question into one of the most complicated questions of all.

Regardless of which of the myriad of answers you feel is most accurate, I would have to believe that one common answer must be…..to make that life count. 

There can be millions of ways for making a life count…Far too many to enumerate here, but whichever combination of those ways any of us choose to leverage in the course of finding meaning to our existence, the one thread that all of them have in common is that they create a deeper sense of fulfillment for the individual.

We have all survived 2020 (with scars to prove it). I believe that 2021 will bring a renaissance same as after the plague 500 years ago. In that renaissance comes a rebirth of life as witnessed by a mass return to all of the now repressed activities that defeating a virus will facilitate. 

I hope in this window of joy your deeper life meaning comes ever closer to fruition.

Happy Thursday!😊

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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!