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jonescarp.aka.dale.Jan_2007 Blog

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We got a couple days rain and North and East of us there was some snow.

I think this is about 80 miles away as a bird flies.

I took a ride with my dad to the beach after I took the snow pictures.

Could you name one thing that would provide you a better  quality of life and future than quitting smoking?

There is a beauty in being free

we could not see as smokers.

And, she's strolling up the Grand Staircase

much deserving of our Praise


Congratulations Daniela


Winner Winner

(Chicken Dinner)


Much Respect


Getting Here

You can wring your hands

And you can wring some necks

But just stay away from them cigarettes


You can bite a lemon

Stick your head in the freeza

But, you don't need a cigarette to please ya


Don't get crazy and don't be askeered

Quitting won't make you grow a beard!

Living is Leaving

Comprende vous?

this was taken a few mornings ago

If you look at quitting as giving up something, you're looking at it the wrong way.

You need to be looking at it as reclaiming your life,

likely one you've not known

since before you chose to become smoking's slave.

I gave in to smoking at 17 and smoked 40 years.

It took some time to unlearn it but, unlearning it is the secret.


You can never distance yourself from smoking

while you still look at stopping as giving something up.

Well...they said it was new.  

Planning And Knowing What To Expect,

Can Make A Quit Easier To Handle

And More Resistant To Giving In.

What To Expect In The First Four Months 

People come

People go


Chose to smoke


Six percent

Make a year

Where they've gone

We don't know


We'll be here

Hoping that

They will soon

Make it back


With resolve

And willingness

To find freedom

And success

I have a wonder!

It sustains me. 

I've always wondered how things work.

I always marvel at how the inventors created their inventions.

How engineers overcame obstacles.

How forces effect calculations.


      When I was 11, I took the family typewriter apart and put it back together. I had 5 extra pieces when it was done. 

      I got my first power tool at 8.

      I learned cabinetmaking from my dad starting at nine.


      When I went on the road at 18 as an entertainer it seems like a blur because so much living was compressed into those years. So much traveling and so many interesting people.


      Nowadays, wonder keeps me interested more than doing. As I reach my end,  I believe wonder is what keeps life interesting.


      I watched a fairly long video yesterday of a pine tree being removed that was right next to a house. It was all executed meticulously. They even laid down the large log cuts for the the lowest 30 feet to fall on. It was like a perfect quit. They didn't count on the force of that base breaking the water main.   Who would've known?


Find Wonder If You've Lost It.

Quitting Smoking Is The Perfect Time.

It's Still Free, And Very Freeing.


It's kind of fascinating to watch how a HUGE tree is felled without doing major damage to something close to it. It makes you wonder.

Pine Tree Removal - Part 1 - YouTube 

Pine Tree Removal Part 2 - YouTube 

the end of part two is where you see the water bubbling up under the tree. 

Quitting smoking isn't a beating.

Going through cancer treatments?

that's a beating.

Having a stroke or heart attack

that's a beating.


Why continue to risk placing yourself

squarely into a miserable future

when you can change it? 

 If you're still smoking,

Look in the mirror the next time you smoke.

Is that how you see yourself?

Save yourself now because when it gets too late,

doctors may not be able to.


We will help you over the finish line.

nothing's better than being free.

Of course I didn't realize what I was doing at the time but,

one simple step was all it took.

I simply caught myself before I smoked and said to myself

"I'm going to wait a little longer."

That's it. That's all I did.

In 4 weeks I went from 20 cigarettes a day to 5.

I never denied myself a smoke, not once.

What happened was I got off auto-pilot.

Getting to 5 wasn't the miracle because I wasn't counting.

The miracle was unlearning it's control.

I didn't put that together at the time either.


I was ready. 

I knew it when I bought my last pack.

It hit me when I pulled the $5 out of my pocket.

I was ready.

Teach yourself where you are going, then, pick up your feet.

Positive or Negative

It's up to you.

We make the choices,

Yes, we do



"I've never looked this young."

Make It A Happy Smokefree Thanksgiving.

(Happy that you're not still smoking) 

      The following is a short portion of an article reviewing a new psychological study on self control written by a professional reviewing the study.


      “Our prototypical model of self-control is angel on one side and devil on the other, and they battle it out,” Fujita says. “We tend to think of people with strong willpower as people who are able to fight this battle effectively. Actually, the people who are really good at self-control never have these battles in the first place.”


      Wouldn't it help to be willing to have self control?

After all, how does self control come about?

There are only two ways I can discern. It's either by willpower or acceptance.


Willpower is resistance.

Resistance in electrical wire heats up the wire and can create a line/voltage drop.

With a musical signal it degrades the quality of the output.


      So, if you didn't want to battle yourself, I believe reaching willingness is deciding and accepting your choices to get to your goal.


here's how I got to that place before I quit 

Where Does It Come From? 



The myth of self-control - Vox - Pocket 

      When I was a working musician, I realized there were people better than myself on a guitar.  Now, I never learned guitar to be the greatest guitarist. I learned guitar to accompany my voice and the greatest thing I learned was how to leave space so the voice was the focus and the guitar complimented to let the music breathe.

      I succeeded at that.


      To get to that place, I played with a lot of musicians who were much better than myself and likely learned a turn or phrase or feeling to add to my ability from each of them.

      Now, I don't play or sing much anymore.

      I have switched my interests to research on many topics. I think of something,

google it, and follow it out as far as I can until I find the answers that give me resolve. It seems I want to soak up information like a sponge.


      The seed idea for this blog was to ask you to be open to learning.


      People here have your best interest at heart.

      Don't feel beaten if you fail but figure out where you went wrong and let us help you around and through.


Write about it

We understand

but it helps to know

all your highs and lows

so we can help you grow

this morning's sunrise from our backyard

   We likely tie our shoes one foot first and do it the same way every time.

I even slip my right foot in my sandals first every time.

      We want familiarity. We like it. We don't have to think so much.


      I've been watching the diabetes series  I've posted on this site and a major thing I've learned about is insulin resistance.

      The more weight you gain while on the diabetes medications, the more medication they add or change to control it because your insulin resistance becomes greater.


         So, I decided I'd be more cognizant of the amount of fat intake.

About an hour after waking I have a 16oz cup of coffee with half and half and if it doesn't taste right...MEH BLECH?   

So how would you use less half and half and keep the same flavor? 

You make less coffee.   

Look at your quit with a different perspective

and you open up the door to freedom.

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