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Seven Years Today!

Seven years today, seven years today, I quit, I quit, I quit!

I was sitting on my back door step, dressed as D’Arcy, (it’s a long story, I’m an entertainer, it was post-show, you had to be there). It was snowing. I was realizing that hosiery on stone was not the best option in the snow, when I suddenly knew.

This was it.

Last cigarette.

It wasn’t a Damascene moment. I wasn’t in the desert, there were no asses (except me), and no blinding light. I was on the ice, in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales,  and the hoar frost on my breath was matched only by the smoke.

And I simply thought:

Enough. That’s enough.

I took a long look at that cigarette butt, wept a little, and buried it in my garden.

In my book, I speak of aggressive self pacifism. The ability not to go to war with oneself. To not make quitting a struggle.

To walk away from smoking, you need to walk away from willpower.

Even when you are dressed as an eighteenth century fop………..


About Stephen Ross

Writer, entertainer, smiler!

One response »

  1. Wow! This blog looks just like my old one! It’s on a completely different topic but it
    has pretty much the same page layout and design. Superb choice of colors!


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