Skip navigation
All People > OldBones-Larry > oldbones-larry > 2020 > January
2020
OldBones-Larry

Question

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jan 24, 2020

Lately I have run into some folks that have found out that they have some major health problems.

They are smokers and have been diagnosed with one of the "smoker's" ailments.

I answered those questions before and the answer is the same today as it was then.

Why Me???? 

That explains it pretty well I think.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master

OldBones-Larry

Word for Thought

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jan 24, 2020

I found this a while back and posted it here. 

I really wish that the author had been identified.

When I read it it seems as if the ancestors were speaking to me.

Please enjoy it as I did.

COLORS OF THE WIND 

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master

OldBones-Larry

Thoughts

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jan 23, 2020

Gifts are so very precious. 

When we are given one we need to accept it and embrace it with everything we have.

Here is something on the subject.

A Gift 

A little over six years ago I received a very precious gift.

I was given a second chance of life.

I have taken that gift with open arms and hopefully using it as Creator wished.

Give yourself a gift each and every day.

The gift of a smokefree life is a great one.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master

OldBones-Larry

Small Voice

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jan 22, 2020

Will you listen to that small voice trying to guide you on your journey?

Listen close and you will hear it trying to do just that.

The Little Person Inside 

I took 40+ years to hear it and heed it's words.

That was way too long to have been shutting it out.

Be well and travel safely my friends.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master

OldBones-Larry

Caravan Ride

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jan 21, 2020

Enjoy this post and I hope that it hits some strings and plays a nice tune.

 

Does it cost to Ride the Caravan Through NML? 

 

We are all in this journey together. 

If you find someone along the trail that is faltering, give them a helping hand until they can stand again and walk strong.

We can all get to the other side of NML. Sometimes help is needed, sometimes not.

Be well my friends.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master

OldBones-Larry

Story Reposted

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jan 20, 2020

This was written a little over three years ago.

I was a little surprised at that time that I was still around.

This great group of friends has kept me going more times that you can imagine.

 

A Story 

 

I want to thank each and every EXer that has ever been a part of my quit journey.

To the new quitters, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your journey.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master

OldBones-Larry

Snooping??

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jan 19, 2020

Should you snoop into older blogs? 

The following answers that question.

Snooping.... Yes or No? 

Any Elder here will tell you exactly what that post explains.

You never know what is going to click to make your journey to being smoke-free easier.

So, please go back and read our old blogs to see what might help you.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master

OldBones-Larry

Your Journey

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jan 18, 2020

How do you look at your quit journey?

As a fight to be won? 

A daily struggle?

How about looking at it as a journey across the landscape.

A forest, desert, grasslands, any kind of landscape you wish it to be.

The journey always has challenges, but nothing that can't be overcome with perseverance.

The following is one way of describing it.

 

The Quit Journey 

 

Be well my fellow travelers.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master

OldBones-Larry

Successful

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jan 17, 2020

How do you have a successful quit?

There are many thoughts on this out there.

These are some thoughts on the subject.

 

Simple Formula? 

 

5 Steps To A Successful Quit 

 

I hope that these help someone.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master

OldBones-Larry

Words of Wisdom

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jan 15, 2020

What Makes A Quit?

Is it willpower? NAAAAAAH! Some magic formula? NAAAAAAAAH!

What makes a quit succeed then???

How about ...

WILLINGNESS

COMMITMENT

DEDICATION

ATTITUDE (QUITITUDE)

and most of all, LOVE

Love for your family and yourself. Dedication to the task you have set for yourself. The attitude that you will succeed. Lastly, commitment to the decision to throw away what is taking years away from your life. The willingness to do whatever it takes, whatever is suggested, no matter how silly it may sound.

Those are the weapons you need to beat the addiction to nicotine.

Just my thoughts, right or wrong....

Keep them away from your face. You can't smoke them that way!!!

Joan the Old Goat

 

This was written by my dear friend several years ago. I am glad I copied it and saved it on my computer, as it seems that her profile is no longer here.

Larry

==================================================

I found a way to her profile. Seems it has been de-activated and wouldn't show up when I searched for it.

I am saving the address so I can get there at a later date.

Larry

OldBones-Larry

When Did You Know ....

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jan 14, 2020

When did you know that you absolutely had to quit smoking?

Was it when you were coughing almost constantly?

When everything you put in your mouth tasted like cardboard?

Maybe when people avoided being around you? 

When you could hardly breath just sitting in your chair?

When you couldn't finish what you started because of exhaustion?

The following is when I knew that I had to quit ....

 

That Moment ....... 

 

Be well and care for yourself each and every day.

Stay strong in your quit.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master

OldBones-Larry

Past Post

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jan 14, 2020

Here is another of the past caravan posts. 

May it help someone today as I hope it did then.

 

Rescue!!! 

 

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master

OldBones-Larry

Just Rewards !!

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jan 13, 2020

This will be short today as my wrist is very painful today. This D*MNED cold is taking a toll ....

This is another old post. I hope you gain something from it.

 

Sweet Revenge 

 

I was still in the earlier stages of my quit and not long out of NML myself.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master

OldBones-Larry

NML Battles

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jan 12, 2020

The following posts are from a few years back.

My private battles with Nic and his followers.

These took place after I had completed my own journey across NML and had gone back to try and help others.

 

Em and Phy, the Sema twins 

 

REVENGE!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

 

As far as I know, they are still buried out there in the desert. I deal with these two daily.

I wish I could say that I have defeated them for good, but, I live with them always now.

 

Butt Brothers are now ASHES!!!! 

 

I did defeat these two soundly. 

The Butt Brothers no longer have a place in my life, and haven't for over six years now.

As TheOldGoat-Joan-10-21-1994 Archived Profile always said with passion to everyone ......

Keep them away from your face!! You can't smoke them that way !!

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master

OldBones-Larry

For You Folks Craving

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jan 11, 2020

This is for all you folks craving today .... 

 

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

There are days that I ask this of myself.

I meet people every day and when I get home I ask myself if I made a difference in their life.

I do things around town that I am able to do. Did I make a difference in my town?

I do many things in my life every day. 

Did I make any difference?

I hear nothing about these things ....

What I say every day,

What I do every day,

What I write.

Did these things help anyone?

I always hope that they did.

I just don't know anymore ......

OldBones-Larry

Travel Safe

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jan 10, 2020

I was looking back at old posts and thought this one was worth re-posting.

 

Trekking in the Desert 

 

I was still learning a lot at this point in my journey. 

I had discovered that sickorettes didn't need to be the controlling factor in my life. 

I had been limiting my activities by smoking as my lung function had decreased in a major way. I could now do more for a longer time without getting short of breath.

The biggest thing I learned is contained in the next post.

I will leave you with this thought ......

 

Live today .... 

 

Travel safely and stay strong.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master

OldBones-Larry

Riders to the Rescue

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jan 9, 2020

I was sitting on the edge of Desolation Point, resting for a minute from repair work, when I saw something way out in the desert.

When I looked closer I saw it was a few travelers that had wandered away from the trail.

They seemed to be in some distress.

I immediately sent a couple of Bedoin with water and supplies to their aid.

I gave orders to help them as needed and lead them back to the main trail.

I will be going back towards the trailhead to make sure all the trail markers are in place when I finish these repairs.

I wouldn't be a bit surprised to find that Nic and his cohorts had removed or changed signs to lead travelers astray.

He wants you to get lost out there in the desert and lose your way.

He is sure that if he can accomplish that, he can destroy your quit.

Don't let that happen.

Keep the tracks of those that have gone before you in sight and use those to help you stay on the correct trail.

If the trail signs point another direction, follow the tracks of the camels. They follow the true trail.

Keep a sharp eye out for those Nic and his guys my friends.

They are intent on keeping you from reaching the other side of the desert.

They know that if you can reach there, you are well on your way to a forever quit.

Travel safely and cautiously my fellow travelers.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master

OldBones-Larry

Alone in NML ??

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jan 8, 2020

I have seen some of the travelers in NML saying that they feel all alone out there. 

We, the elders and your fellow travelers that have finished that portion of their journey, know that feeling all to well.

The following link is from my journey through NML.

 

walking the desert of NML 

 

I hope it helps you in your journey across NML.

If we made it across, you can do the same.

Just remember to call for help when you are in need.

Keep your tools close at hand.

Smack Nic and his gang right in the face if they try to tempt you or sabotage your journey.

Stay strong in your quit and you will be successful.

Travel safely my friends.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master

As in any trip across a desert, you must take advantage of any chance to rest and recuperate.

That is why the oasis comes up so many times in the caravan blogs.

You must replenish yourself and your supplies.

Reset your goals for the next part of your journey and make sure you have the supplies you will need.

 

Resting at the Oasis 

 

I went through a bout of depression not long ago.

This post is from that journey back from that state.

It is the same when you are on the caravan for your trip across NML.

The stops were for the same reason here as on your journey away from nicotine.

May this help in some small way.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master

OldBones-Larry

Quit Killer

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jan 6, 2020

There are many things that can, and will destroy a quit.

I once posted something regarding one of them.

I wanted to repost this in the hopes that it will help someone that is in this situation right now.

 

Desolation Point 

 

Depression is one of the biggest quit killers faced by those trying to beat this addiction.

It is my hope that someone will benefit from this repost.

Travel safely out there in that desert and remember that you are never alone in this journey.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master

OldBones-Larry

Blast From The Past

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jan 5, 2020

I thought I would bring back a couple of oldies from the past.

The first was to help explain why I was writing the caravan posts I was.

 

https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/blogs/oldbones-larry/2018/07/09/why

 

The second one went in the same vein as the other.

 

https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/blogs/oldbones-larry/2015/08/06/something-from-the-past

 

I will warn you that both of these contain things that I saw while working in the hospital.

I was in the middle of the tests I must take on a schedule. At these times the tests were very close together.

Taking these brought back the memories of what is contained in the posts.

I urge all to travel the trails safely and keep a sharp eye out for traps. Nic could have them set anywhere.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master

OldBones-Larry

Caravan Re-post

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jan 4, 2020

sweetplt brought up one of my older blogs in a comment to my last post.

It explains a little of how the caravan was born and took on a life of it's own.

I am posting the link here for others to read it if they wish.

 

The Caravan 

 

As always, travel safely out there my friends. Beware the traps set by Nic and his gang.

One step, and then another, will get you where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master

OldBones-Larry

Old Posts

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jan 3, 2020

I will be making this short today as my wrist is very painful. I am still typing with it to get the work it needs to strengthen and quit hurting as much.

I have been re-reading some of my old posts from the caravan. I got to thinking that some of the new folks entering NML might benefit from them. 

There are too many for me to post links to them, so I will invite you to search for the tag and read them.

The tag is nml_caravan .....

That should bring up all the caravan posts so you can find the ones you might wish to read.

Take what you can use and leave the rest on the sands of the desert.

Travel safely out there my friends and keep a sharp eye for Nic and his crew.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master

OldBones-Larry

A New Years Blessing

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jan 2, 2020

I have been thinking a lot about an old friend of many years today. She passed away a couple of years ago, but, she still lives strong in our hearts.

I was out at the store earlier and heard some young people complaining about how rough their life was. Their parents wouldn't let them use the car whenever they wanted and refused to buy them one, their favorite show had been taken off the television, their girlfriend/boyfriend had just dumped them.

My Story 

My friend had a life that would horrify those kids. For me, her story gives me the strength to keep going long past where I might throw in the towel.

I hope it might inspire someone today to carry on ....

On another note, I offer this for each and every member here ......

A Prayer To Wise-One Above 

May everyone receive from it what they are in need of.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry

OldBones-Larry

Updating

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jan 1, 2020

I don't know if Barbscloud passed it on, but I fell after I posted my last blog. 

I ended up with my right wrist dislocated and have had it splinted until yesterday. Since I had to rely on doing everything with my left hand, I have not been posting. 

If the mouse couldn't do it, it didn't get done in most cases.

I am having to retrain muscles in my right hand and wrist now.

I had a Gastroscope on Monday and am awaiting the results of the biopsies.

I will close this for now as my wrist and hand tire quickly and the pain level increased fast when I use my hand.

I will keep working them to rehab them back to as close as possible to normal.

I wish all a very Happy New Year. May it be safe and healthy for you all.

Keep safe and travel well my friends.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master