It's not just about throwing them out!  

alone2long2005 47M
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8/24/2006 3:39 pm

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It's not just about throwing them out!

Experiential knowledge has taught me that the physical craving for nicotine can be beaten with the patch/gum combination. That leaves only the mental portion of the addiction. To the best of my knowledge, they have not come up with a pill for that, yet. But perhaps it is better if they do not.

Strength of will is a character trait that seems to be on the decline in our society today. There seem fewer and fewer who are willing to stand on their own principles and not be moved by the changing winds of political correctness. I suspect that life is made up of hard choices for a reason; that there may be some point to the toughness of character that making such decisions develops in an individual.

From the purely rational standpoint, the decision to quit smoking is the only logical choice to make. Smoking destroys your health and your finances and offers nothing of any value in return. Unless you count offensive odor as something of value. But it's the intangibles that makes smoking so appealling; so hard to get rid of once it's nicotine-stained claws have gotten into your psyche. Those small tubes of dried-up weeds color everything about how a smoker relates to the world. I've outlined in previous posts how that was true of me. So quitting smoking isn't as simple as just choosing not to do something; it's a whole-life enema!

I have to change how I relate to the world now because I'm no longer a smoker; I'm now a non-smoker. I am free to wear whatever I want because I don't have to be concerned about my little buddies having a place to ride along with me. I have to make new friends who are non-smokers so I don't backslide. I have more money than I used to. Just in the 11 days since snuffing out my last one (with the exception of the setback suffered earlier this week), I've saved roughly $65.00 already and that number's going nowhere but up!

I don't know the man in my mirror anymore. I have to find out who this guy is; this parallel-universe/non-smoking version of me. Or maybe... maybe I get to CHOOSE who this parallel-universe/non-smoking version of me is. When all the smoke has cleared and all the shit that is floating around in my system and in my brain has been flushed out, I'll be free to decide things for myself that the cigarettes used to choose for me. I can re-invent who I am. I can keep as much of the old me as I want or I can throw out whatever I don't need anymore; just like throwing out the ashtrays a week and a half ago.

Hmmm... this is a whole new ballgame, folks! I HOPE the world is ready for it! [insert evil, bent-on-world-domination laugh here]

NiceLady1957 60F

8/24/2006 5:59 pm

You do know that the smell of your house is going to begin to sicken you...the longer you do not smoke...and you are going to have to make a big you begin a renovation job of new carpeting, drapes and window coverings, linens, furniture, clothes, will have to paint...use good furniture and or wood polish and if it is in the furniture long enough it will never come out,,,might not come out of the wood either....the mattress and box springs are going to have to be replaced as well.

Or do you put the house on the market and sell at the best offer you get...and then buy another house that has never been smoked in or build a new one?

alone2long2005 replies on 8/24/2006 6:23 pm:
Hon, my house needs renovating anyway! I will do what needs doing, I guess. What are you trying to do? Talk me out of quitting? LOL

NiceLady1957 60F

8/24/2006 7:25 pm

No way would I talk you out of quitting...I am rooting for you...keep up the good is well worth it...believe me!

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