"Giving Things Up Competition"... aka Lent.

In the spirit of Lent and having to "give things up" I'd like to share the following video my manager showed me. If you have the extra 20 minutes, it's pretty funny.





Anyway, it's the season of Lent and many people have joined in on the "Giving things up competition." Do people really strive to make true sacrifices for the 40 days? Or, do people only tend to give up things they find easy to live without. How many people will try giving up cigarettes? What I really want to talk about is cigarettes, anyway....

Cigarettes are a true addiction. I am surrounded by smokers and non-smokers, and I really had to delve into this subject when I felt that I, myself, had become a smoker. It began in college when my roommates and I started smoking "rollies," American Spirit rolling tobacco. It was one of those social things, where we would get together, roll a smoke, and share it amongst the girls.... ahh, the frills of a young, college existence. After college, I found that it had become more than a social vice... it had become and actual addiction (who would've thunk, huh?). I told myself differently for a long time... that it was something I only did on occasion and I could stop any time I wanted. It wasn't until I actually made the effort to resist cigarettes that it dawned I tried to convince myself of all the obvious reasons why I shouldn't smoke tobacco, "It smells, it's unhealthy, it's expensive, it will give me cancer, etc..." But, none of that worked. Finally, a friend of mine recommended the following book:

Honestly, I read the book and thought, "Okay, this didn't even work." But, just like Allen Carr tells you it will happen, one day everything will just "click." All of the brainwashing that we learn growing up, about how cigarettes make you "feel" and why smokers so desperately NEED a smoke, finally disappeared, and I could finally see reality of my addiction. I don't have to envy non-smokers anymore, and I don't have to carry the guilt around of being a smoker. It happened all in a day, and it's not the same as going "cold-turkey" (you'll learn that if you read it). Anyway, for all you smokers out there, I recommend reading the book and seriously dropping the disgusting habit of ruining your body. I've never felt more free. I found that it actually helped me understand other addictions in my life as well, from food addiction to relationships. Pretty cool.

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