April 29, 2013
Please Stop Smoking
Please don’t light another cigarette. Every time you do, it takes a little away from you. Ever so slowly, it drains your living breath, the strength of your health and the marvelous capabilities of your body to regenerate, to stave off illness, to thrive. It grays out your skin, like it grays out my hopes for your well-being. It fades you away.
I beg of you. Don’t inhale that poison disguised as a little break or a small treat. It was designed, refined and marketed to enslave your brain, to mistake its pervasive devastation with a false sense of pleasure. It is meticulously killing you.
All the other things you envision for your health are methodically destroyed every time you take your two fingers to your lips. Your sleep isn’t as restorative; your conscious efforts at better nutrition are leveled to nothing; your attention to being physically active is annulled. And a thin layer of a deathly residue is applied inside of you. Every single time.
Please don’t wait for physical signs to show up, emerging outside of you to mirror the extent of the damage being done inside. This is the only body you’ll ever have, and it is the carrier of your life, your spirit and your whole self.
You still have many challenges ahead of you. To surmount them, you need strength, determination and vital energy. They all lie in you, but they are slowly being taken away, every time you draw a puff instead of taking a breath of fresh air.
Please find the will to take a first step. Place yourself ahead of everything, and prepare for a fight. You can do this. Start it in your head before, if you need, before you embody it. But go get your life force back. There is nothing more important than this. Make this your first move.