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Movie lessons

Posted by c2q Oct 29, 2016

Sometimes, the things I learn in life are very specific to one particular goal.  If I want a nice light cake, I need to sift the flour first so that it absorbs more liquid in the batter. Or for a smoother ride in my car, I need to keep the correct air pressure in my tires. Very handy knowledge to deal with one specific goal: a better cake, a smoother ride.

Sometimes, I find a thing that I've learned leaps over the fence. It give me a brighter smile AND makes the bed. It applies to a lot of stuff I want to do. Like quitting smoking. Life lessons can come from anywhere, but some of my biggest ones have come from the movies. Here are a few things that I've learned from movies that helped me with my quit:

1) When you are tired and doubt yourself, and you do not believe that you can bend the spoon with your mind, remember, there is no spoon.

2) Life is not laughing at you, it is laughing near you.

3) If something is exploding behind you, walk away and don't look back.

4) Never take your eye off the ball.

5) We are who we choose to be.


Seize the days

Posted by c2q Oct 26, 2016

When I was a kid, I thought it was cool how the days of the week got their names. As an adult, I know that names are powerful. Like, how knowing someone's or something's true name gives you power over it. 

Just look at how every conquering empire renamed the days of the week. The Greeks named them to honor the gods as they knew them: the sun, the moon and the five known planets. When the Romans took power, they used their own gods' names in place of the Greek ones. And the Germanic peoples did the same. So here we are, 2000 years later, with our very own days named for Roman, Greek, Latin, Germanic, Old English and Middle English gods. I say, enough. 

It's time to seize the days!

We may choose different names for ourselves, but we are all of like mind. Whether we are EXer's, Exians, non-smokers, the Smoke Free peoples or Anti-nicodemonians, lets claim our days! Using traditional Greek, Latin, Germanic, Old English and Middle English symbolism of course, since we're tight on time. Here are a few suggestions of EX names for the days of the week:

Sunday              day of life and freedom                   live free from nicotine day                     liveday

Monday              intuition                                           wise up day                                           wiseday

Tuesday             fearless warrior                               confident and courageous day             daringday

Wednesday        change, travel                                the quit journey day                               questday

Thursday             thunder, defender                         keep your quit safe day                         keepday          

Friday                 love, beauty, freedom                    be free day                                            freeday

Saturday             renewal and liberation                   new me day                                          newday

We can even add EXdays to the list below:

Sunday -- Sun's day

Middle English sone(n)day or sun(nen)day
Old English sunnandæg "day of the sun"
Germanic sunnon-dagaz "day of the sun"
Latin dies solis "day of the sun"
Ancient Greek hemera heli(o)u, "day of the sun"

Monday -- Moon's day

Middle English monday or mone(n)day
Old English mon(an)dæg "day of the moon"
Latin dies lunae "day of the moon"
Ancient Greek hemera selenes "day of the moon"

Tuesday -- Tiu's day (Norse god of war)

Middle English tiwesday or tewesday
Old English tiwesdæg "Tiw's (Tiu's) day"
Latin dies Martis "day of Mars"
Ancient Greek hemera Areos "day of Ares"

Wednesday -- Woden's day

Middle English wodnesdaywednesday, or wednesdai
Old English wodnesdæg "Woden's day"
Latin dies Mercurii "day of Mercury"
Ancient Greek hemera Hermu "day of Hermes"

Friday -- Freya's day

Middle English fridai
Old English frigedæg "Freya's day"
Germanic frije-dagaz "Freya's (or Frigg's) day"
Latin dies Veneris "Venus's day"
Ancient Greek hemera Aphrodites "day of Aphrodite"

Saturday -- Saturn's day

Middle English saterday
Old English sæter(nes)dæg "Saturn's day"
Latin dies Saturni "day of Saturn"
Ancient Greek hemera Khronu "day of Cronus"

Have a great day!



You're right

Posted by c2q Oct 25, 2016

Don't underestimate yourself. Remember, there is no try. Just do. Remember the little  blue engine, "I Think I Can."

Meet Puff.

His skin is gray from the lack of oxygen in his system. Cigarette smoke contains carbon monoxide, which displaces the oxygen in his skin, and nicotine, which reduces blood flow, leaving skin dry and discolored. 

He is scaly. 10 years of smoking = a 20% increase in psoriasis risk; 20 years = a 60% increase; over 20 years and your risk more than doubles. Guess Puff has smoked a really really long time.

He looks older than he really is. Smoking accelerates aging, so that smokers look 1.4 years older than nonsmokers, on average. 

He's wrinkled and bald. Smoking hampers the blood supply that keeps skin tissue looking supple and healthy. And the toxic chemical in cigarettes are known to damage the DNA in hair folicales.

Puff is not as magical as his PR guy would like you to think. Poor Puff.


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Posted by c2q Oct 23, 2016

It doesn't matter who you are stronger than.

It doesn't matter if you think you are strong enough.



Beating Future Triggers

Posted by c2q Oct 19, 2016

Funny thing is, you never know what is going to be a trigger when you are deep into your quit. I am nearly 5 1/2 years into mine. Which is nothing but numbers in a straight line. You are safer from urges up here simply because you know how to deal with them. They are like little bullies - they tend to go away on their own if they don't have the effect they seek. But never mind that.

You never know what is going to be a trigger. I got fired. At 62, after great carreer success. Didn't want to smoke about it. I lost my house because I lost my job. Nic Demon did not come and visit. My darling cat, the fourth greatest love of my life, died of kidney failure. I wailed like a banshee (literally) but never wanted a cigarette. 

And then, for no reason I could identify at the time, walking down the street at an art fair, I was hit up side the head by a craving like I hadn't had since I first quit.

I know now what the trigger was. But that, too, is another story. This is a story about being safe from triggers. Here's how I do it now, on the fly.

1) Run away. Go somewhere safe. Out on the street and want a cigarette? Get thee into a cafe or other non-smoking space.

2) Blow it off. Yes, this tip from the beginning of your quit still works. You know how to whistle, Don't ya? Breathe in, deep breath out.

3) Shout it out. Don't let that urge sit around in your head. Look it in the face and say, "I want a cigarette." Now that urge has nothing on you. You took it's power. Walk away and leave it alone.

If  you are new to your quit and looking down the road, wondering what to expect, keep this in mind. You might as well look up and enjoy the day instead. Smoking urges aren't lurking behind every tree and light post. They're simple little slights of your own mind. Yes, they'll find you. But you already have everything you need to beat them. Just be sure to keep your armor polished.


Thinking of sneaking a smoke?

Posted by c2q Oct 18, 2016

You think you can have just one?

I knew the day would come. Old Nic Demon has shown his true face.

Be afraid. Be very afraid.


When I think about my quit, it makes me smile. I don't want to write an armchair novel here. Just wishing for all you quitters a moment of happiness, reveling in your own quit. 


The reasons I used to smoke.

Posted by c2q Oct 4, 2016

Reason 47. I felt glamorous when I smoked.