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. “Thou shalt not lie” happens to be one of the Ten Commandments. Even though they were probably chiseled into stone, are they really set in stone? Continue reading “Thou Shalt Not Lie…Sometimes”

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.

I’ve started too many hikes in shorts and a t-shirt in scorching temperatures worrying if I have enough water to make it to the top only to get snowed on near the peak. The elevation change can have a drastic effect on temperatures alone. Continue reading “Hiking Can Be Therapeutic”

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 become the forefront of transformations, revelations, spiritual enlightenment, and so much more. Continue reading “You’re Not That Special”

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 someone late for work and had them blame traffic or something else “they had no control over.”

Being honest would look something more like this: Continue reading “Stop Making Excuses, Start Making Progress”

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 things appear on your news feed. The first and most common is, “Wow, that looks like a lot of fun, I should do that” and the less common but more accurate is, “They look like they’re having more fun than they probably are.”

We tend to look at such things as vacations, new purchases, and other “cool” things in the most envious light possible. To make matters worse there are probably so many people on your friends list that it seems like everyone is doing something cool but you — making you feel kind of left out. Continue reading “Facebook Fake”

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, skim milk, 2% milk, 1% milk, coconut milk, almond milk, rice milk, and every type of milk you can possibly think of.

We have so many choices that a greater and greater portion of our lives are wasting away while we decide things. We’ve switched from actively doing things to actively thinking about things and it’s getting worse. Continue reading “Choice is at the Root of all Unhappiness”

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 get inside their head and think the way they think or feel the way they feel.

But every now and then we meet someone with a brain that operates at the same frequency as ours — for some things at least.

This causes us to finish each others sentences, say or sing the same thing at the same time, like the same things, or even think the same things. Continue reading “You Are All Alone”

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 in some things for modern times.

After applying some of the things in this book and seeing some success I realized there was something missing to the puzzle that wasn’t talked about in the book. From some deep thinking I realized there are more than 5 Love Languages, I don’t know how many more there may be, but I want to introduce you to a 6th Love Language that doesn’t fit into the other 5. Continue reading “The 6th Love Language – The Approval of Others”

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 procrastinate, you use your present moments doing nothing, as an alternative to doing anything.

Doing nothing leads to boredom. Continue reading “Boredom is Actually a Form of Depression”

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 of suicides and attempts for many different reasons. There are many types of mental illnesses or drugs that can lead you to death faster. Depression is often blamed for most suicides. Continue reading “A Suicidal State of Mind – Robin Williams Last Thoughts”