Wednesday, May 02, 2012

It's the Making of Resolutions that Counts



A friend recently told me that he saw the picture I've posted on my facebook. Its about my New Year's resolution to quit on my smoking habit.At first, I've tried to keep that resolution. Every year, I produce a sadly familiar repertoire of aspirations dealing with that bad habit. I always mean well, but it's clear that I lack firmness of purpose.Well, to my mind, that's the essence of New Year's Resolution. It's a wet sponge, slurping up the black marks of the past, leaving a clean slate for the future. That resolution on quiting smoking, to my everlasting shame, fold by February --- the spirit is willing, but the flesh loses its temper. Still, it's not the breaking of resolutions that counts so much as the making. To make a resolution is to travel hopefully, to reach beyond one's grasp, to try a better life-style on for size, just in case --- this year --- I've finally grown big enough to fit into it.
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  1. I had similar resolution as well and although I didn't manage to quit, I now only smoke a pack per week. That's a few packs lesser than back then =) Astro accidentally revealed government manipulation of media from response to BBC?

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    1. thanks for visiting my blog sir. I love reading your blog http://www.colourlessopinions.com because it makes me feel closer to Malaysian.

      as for that "resolution", I wish there's an easier way to do it... hehehe

      even though you didn't succeed on quitting smoking, I must applaud you because you manage to cut it back.

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  2. Thks for dropping by Shirley's Luxury Haven! You've an interesting blog here.

    Well, I certainly don't encourage smoking. Nice share!

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    1. thanks for stopping by Blackswan...

      me to, I do not promote smoking as I am trying to quit this bad habit

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  3. I quit making resolutions when I realized na meron lang talagang tao na made to do them. I'm not one of them.

    When I set a goal or a resolution, tapos, I fail, I tend to let myself go and quit trying at all.

    Just-do-it strategy works better for me. When I fail. I brush it off and try again. Dati kasi naghihintay pa ako ng new year ulit :P

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    1. naging kaugalian na kasi namin gumawa ng "New Year's Resolution" sa amin. Pero tama ka the "Just-do-it strategy" is better kung matagal na lumipas ang bagong taon. lol

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    2. Pero wag mo biglain ang paghinto sa pagyoyosi, yung ex ko nagka-bronchitis nung nag cold turkey sya. Pero 2 packs a day yun e. :D

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  4. take your time you can do it..step by step :D even one of my friends, he got over drugs solely by himself without entering the rehab

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  5. Bad habits really die hard. I remember how my dad struggle to quit smoking. It was tough, but he had to 'cause his lungs are starting to get weak. With dedication, strong support system and prayers, he did manage to quit smoking. Slowly but surely. i wish you luck on this,it's gonna be hard.

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  6. all the best in quitting smoking.. anyways, it was bad for health also~

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  7. What a wonderful way of thinking about the making and breaking of these resolutions. I gave up making any a while ago as then there are none to break and I can't become disappointed in that I've broken them. Anyway, good luck with your resolution.

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  8. PS. I love the way the comments get put into speech bubbles.

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  9. @eprilis thanks for the good insiht. that might be the path I'll take. to slowly but surely quiting my smoking habit.

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  10. @Mr. Lonely thanks for visiting my blog mate. and yeah, thanks for reminding me the health risk of smoking :) I think I need to start doing that resolution once again.

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  11. @Mr. Lonely thanks for visiting my blog mate. and yeah, thanks for reminding me the health risk of smoking :) I think I need to start doing that resolution once again.

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  12. @Petty thanks for the compliment. I like your idea of not making a resolution so that there wouldn't be any to break.
    Hmmm, I just got an idea to chronicle my journey on quiting smoking here in my blog. How about that?

    (I love those comment bubbles too. I'm experimenting this kind of template and I need to edit its html code to put back the reply button on comments. I just change my blogger template this afternon and run out of time to fully edit it. I hope you like my blog's new appearance)

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  13. i tried to get my ex to quit, and she was doing good.. until we brok up, bad habits came back. lol.. even thought he was tight in the pocket, he still manage to save on others to buy packets.. zzz..

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  14. Awww... it'll be great if you can stick through it ;)

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  15. @Jamie yeah, to finally fit in on that overdue resolution. but I haven't started quitting yet. I'll go to my doctor tomorrow to ask some advice and I'll start from there

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    1. @Gurgaonflowerplaza I'll drop by on your site later mate.

      thanks for coming here

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  17. i was once a smoker, I started really young. but now I stopped it, I don't know I think I grew out of it..

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    1. @Vir good for you mate. I hope I could do the same.

      thanks for visiting my blog

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  18. Wish you the very best and hope you succeed. Thanks for visiting and following my blog.

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    1. @Suzy thanks. yeah, I hope I will be able to get rid of this bad habit.

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  21. Hello.
    I stopped making resolutions years ago because it seemed pointless putting myself under unnecessary pressure when I didn't fulfill them. I'm sure you already know the dangers and risks of smoking. Wishing you all the best. Good luck!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. The linky for Blog Hop Saturday! will remain open until 8:00pm EST Sat May 5th. You're welcome to link your blog OR a specific post OR your Fan Page (only 1 link is permitted at this time). Hope you can join the fun!

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    1. @Andy :) I'm a sad as I was not able to add my link in the lynkis. Nevertheless, I had visited all the links that has been there. I hope I can add mine next month

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  22. I do not make resolutions cos I know I will succumb to the temptations...so I am more open to change myself for the better.
    You have come a long way and you will eventually do it...be firm and yes, all the best.
    Thanks for visiting my blog. :)

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    1. @Janaki And for the encouragement and firm advice. I shall be blogging my journey into fulfilling that overdue resolution

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  23. Hope you can make it some time!
    my dad do it all the time...start smoking when he desire (when he's with friends generally), stop smoking when he want...I hate when he re-starts...

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    1. @And well, I hope you won't hate me if I fail :)

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  24. thats why im afraid learning to smoke :)

    and making new years resolution... lolz

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    1. @Bagotilyo I wish I could go back to the day that I'm still a novice smoker

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  25. Quitting smoking requires strong determination and following of resolutions strictly...
    It felt nice to connect with you through this lovely blog of yours....
    -ANSHUL

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  26. Honestly i dont know how it is for someone to quit smoking... since i havent tried it... but i admire you for sharing this and sharing ways as well on how to shift your attention to forget smoking... Your blog is very interesting!

    Eigroj Stain--- from Blog Hope Saturday

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    Best wishes
    Love
    Mani

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