breaking the ten commandments

Thou Shalt Not Lie…Sometimes

Over my years I have been exposed to many extenuating circumstances where I honestly felt that being honest was not the right thing to do because the brutal implications of that honesty were more severe than if I had just been dishonest in the first place. Dishonesty has been long frowned upon by many religions….

Ontop of Mt Humphrey in Storm

Hiking Can Be Therapeutic

The sudden changes in weather patterns, physical intensity, and elevation make hiking one of the toughest challenges both mentally and physically. It is an activity where you can always expect the unexpected and no matter how hard you try to prepare for it, sometimes you find something unexpected — which you should already be expecting….

You’re Not That Special

The adversities you face in life were intricately designed for just you. You may think your revelations and transformations are relevant to others and feel so strongly about them that you must tell as many people as possible because it could change their life as it has changed yours. Facebook and other social media has…

Stop Making Excuses, Start Making Progress

The word “excuse” has taken a bad rap and is oftentimes misunderstood. It is frowned upon or even considered offensive to some people. Instead of being honest, people get the this insane notion in their head that any excuse should “excuse” them from any wrongdoing, regardless of the reason. How many times have you seen…

Facebook Fake

With facebook people can’t wait to tell the world how much fun they’re having. You get to see photos of vacations, parties, and everyone having a good time. Status update after status update of what people are doing, or what people are buying, and everything in between. There are typically two responses to seeing these…

Choice is at the Root of all Unhappiness

Too many choices lead to confusion, unhappiness, and regret. No matter what we decide, we later think about all the options we left behind. As technology advances so do our choices. There are now 40 different toothpastes to choose from, 50 different loaves of bread, and even milk isn’t the same anymore. There’s whole milk,…

You Are All Alone

People are infinitely different yet we are able to form relationships with others based on a small number of things we feel we have in common. When we get to know someone we are only able to take snapshots of that person and recreate an image of them in our own mind. We can never…

The 6th Love Language – The Approval of Others

I finally read a book by Dr Gary Chapman called “The 5 Love Languages” first published in 1995, 19 years later the advice in the book still rings true for the most part but because the way humans interact on a daily basis has changed substantially since that time, the book is without doubt lacking…

Boredom is Actually a Form of Depression

“Life is never boring but some people choose to be bored. The concept of of boredom entails an inability to use up present moments in a personally fulfilling way. Boredom is a choice; something you visit upon yourself, and it is another of those self-defeating items that you can eliminate from your life. When you…

A Suicidal State of Mind – Robin Williams Last Thoughts

The decision to kill yourself does not have to be a long ordeal, sometimes the decision to die and execution of that decision are made within minutes of each other. To take your own life, the closer those two things are, the more likely you are to go through with it. There are many kinds…