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Merry and Bright

Posted by Giulia Champion Dec 25, 2014
   Merry Christmas My Friends,

You are all gifts.  And the greatest gift you can give to yourself is the gift of breath.  For without it life is not nearly as sweet.  If you are free, stay free.  If you struggling, have faith that you can do this.  The cravings WILL end.  Promise.  If you have relapsed, get back on your reindeer and sit firmer in the saddle.  If you have yet to quit, fear not but have heart.  Champions are made here every day. You can be one of them.  Say Yes to the better part of thee and be free!

To those of you who have stood fast - thank you.  My journey is easier because of you.

Love to all.



Drive the Cold Winter Away

Posted by Giulia Champion Dec 24, 2014

Nothing to do with smoking.  All to do with this tiime of year.  Just heard this for the first time.  The lyrics are pretty amazing.  


Drive The Cold Winter Away

The First Part

1. All hail to the days that merit more praise
Than all the rest of the year,
And welcome the nights that double delights
As well for the poor as the peer!
Good fortune attend each merry man's friend,
That doth but the best that he may;
Forgetting old wrongs, with carols and songs,
To drive the cold winter away.

2. Let Misery pack, with a whip at his back,
To the deep Tantalian flood;
In Lethe profound let envy be drown'd,
That pines at another man's good;
Let Sorrow's expense be banded from hence,
All payments have greater delay,
We'll spend the long nights in cheerful delights
To drive the cold winter away.

3. 'Tis ill for a mind to anger inclined
To think of small injuries now;
If wrath be to seek do not lend her thy cheek
Nor let her inhabit thy brow.
Cross out of thy books malevolent looks,
Both beauty and youth's decay,
And wholly consort with mirth and with sport
To drive the cold winter away.

4. The court in all state now opens her gate
And gives a free welcome to most;
The city likewise, tho' somewhat precise,
Doth willingly part with her roast:
But yet by report from city and court
The country will e'er gain the day;
More liquor is spent and with better content
To drive the cold winter away.

5. Our good gentry there for costs do not spare,
The yeomanry fast not till Lent;1
The farmers and such think nothing too much,
If they keep but to pay for their rent.
The poorest of all now do merrily call,
When at a fit place they can stay,
For a song or a tale or a cup of good ale
To drive the cold winter away.

6. Thus none will allow of solitude now
But merrily greets the time,
To make it appear of all the whole year
That this is accounted the prime:
December is seen apparel's in green,
And January fresh as May
Comes dancing along with a cup and a song
To drive the cold winter away.

The Second Part

7. This time of the year is spent in good cheer,
And neighbours together do meet
To sit by the fire, with friendly desire,
Each other in love to greet;
Old grudges forgot are put in the pot,
All sorrows aside they lay;
The old and the young doth carol this song
To drive the cold winter away.

8. Sisley and Nanny, more jocund than any,
As blithe as the month of June,
Do carol and sing like birds of the spring,
No nightingale sweeter in tune;
To bring in content, when summer is spend,
In pleasant delight and play,
With mirth and good cheer to end the whole year,
And drive the cold winter away.

9. The shepherd, the swain do highly disdain
To waste out their time in care,
And Clim of the Clough hath plenty enough
If he but a penny can spare
To spend at the night, in joy and delight,
Now after his labour all day;
For better than lands is the help of his hands
To drive the cold winter away.

10. To mask and to mum kind neighbours will come
With wassails of nut-brown ale,
To drink and carouse to all in the house
As merry as bucks in the dale;
Where cake, bread, and cheese is brought for your fees
To make you the longer stay;
At the fire to warm 'twill do you no harm,
To drive the cold winter away.

11. When Christmas's tide come in like a bride
With holly and ivy clad,
Twelve days in the year much mirth and good cheer
In every household is had;
The country guise is then to devise
Some gambols of Christmas play,
Whereat the young men do best that they can
To drive the cold winter away.

12. When white-bearded frost hath threatened his worse,
And fallen from branch and briar,
Then time away calls from husbandry halls
And from the good countryman's fire,
Together to go, to plough and to sow
To get us both food and array,
And thus will content the time we have spend
To drive the cold winter away.

- sans words


The Commitment

Posted by Giulia Champion Dec 8, 2014

The Commitment is:    There are no excuses.  There are no 'ifs', 'thoughs', 'maybes,'  nor 'buts.'  No 'couldn'ts', 'can'ts', 'didn'ts', 'wouldn'ts' and especially no 'because ofs'. There is no "wishing,' 'trying' and 'hoping.'   Those are qualifiers for failure.  There can be whining, railing, ranting, sobbing, laughing, jerking, sleeping, questions, poetry, loss of concentration, jokes, songs, photos, hissing, bad sleep and bad moods.  We can deal with that.  What we don't want to have to deal with on here is your relapse.  SO DON'T!!!!


Best of EX

Posted by Giulia Champion Dec 6, 2014

It suddenly occurred to me to create this group. Why it never occurred to any of us before is a puzzle.  Anyway, it's DONE now!  Come visit.  Add wisdom pieces.




Be Wise, Beware (off topic)

Posted by Giulia Champion Dec 5, 2014

A friend just sent this to me.  And I know that there are a lot of naive computer users out there who don't know how to protect themselves.  Take heed.

   I never send out things like this without checking their veracity first. Not a new virus, but one that has been use 'oer and o'er.   And this is the time of year for a repeat.  This is for real.  Be wise, beware.

   The link to the verification is just below. 
   This is worth passing along. With the  holidays coming up, this could be a real problem.
     The newest virus circulating is the UPS/Fed Ex/USPS Delivery Failure. 
     You will receive an e-mail from UPS, Fed Ex, or USPS along with a packet number. 
     It will say that they were unable to deliver a package sent to you on such-and-such a date. 
     It then asks you to print out the invoice copy attached. 
     Pass this warning on to all your PC operators at work and home. 
     This virus has caused Millions of dollars in damage in the past few days. 
     Snopes confirms that it is real. 

Overcoming Disappointments

Posted by Giulia Champion Dec 3, 2014

I keep grabbing this lady's material.  Because it speaks to me.  And I hope to YOU also.  It spoke to me on many levels - that of the newly relapsed quitter, and just in terms of the general disappointments we go through in life that must be overcome in the new quit smoking mind/bodies we inhabit.  (Bold emphasis is mine.)



Bonnie Katz, MA

Don’t cave in to disappointment when things don’t happen as planned.  Instead, get busy turning your negative self-dialogue into positive statements.  Thinking positive is beneficial in helping you achieve your goals, it also gives you protection from spiraling down into a depressed mood.  Remember, where your thoughts go your feelings follow. Positive thoughts will help enhance your mood and well being while negative thoughts will make you feel sad, depressed and have a negative impact on your immune system.  Sometimes you don’t have control over what happens to you, but you always have a choice in how you choose to view it.  Take an active part in creating your joy by turning disappointments into opportunities of growth and wisdom.  Learn from your mistakes rather than using them to beat yourself up.  If you’re not quite happy how things are turning out for you, actively do something about it. Don’t slip into feeling helpless.  There is no such thing as, “I can’t help it, that’s just the way I am.”  Neuroscience proves otherwise.  We have the ability to change (neuroplasticity) our brains, our minds, our feelings, until the day we no longer exist.  The way to do that is by creating new experiences for yourself, which in turn create new neuronal pathways, which have an impact on the way you feel.  For more info on this fascinating subject take a peak here.  No one can make you feel disappointment.  You have to choose to feel it all on your own.  When something disappointing happens to you, feel the “ouch,” and then move through it in a positive direction.  Take the experience and use it to create the life you want to live.  Everything that happens to you, good and bad, can be used for growth.  Think of the negative situation as compost for your internal garden.  You take garbage and through your thinking turn it into beautiful flowers.

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