Daily Archives: September 3, 2014

SMOKING, THE INTRO.

WHAT???!!!???!!!???!!!  “I”… MUST BE JOKING, right???  A “series” of posts regarding… “SMOKING”???  Ouch!!!  Touchy subject. huh???  Well no, I am NOT joking, folks.  Therefore… “I” MUST BE “CRAZY”!!!  😉

Hhhmmm… well, Well, WELL…  “SMOKING”.  Where “DO” we wanna go with “THIS” idea???  DOUBLE Hhhmmm, Hhhmmm… Come along, folks.  IT’S ANOTHER “MIND” TRIP… to JILL’S WORLD!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!

 Now, “I”… have been a “SMOKER,” folks.  BEEN THERE, DONE THAT!!!    Yep, I was a “HEAVY” smoker from 18-30 years of age.  “I”… am now a “NON-SMOKER”!!!  2015 will mark my 20th year as such!!!  DOUBLE WOO-WHOOOOOO, WHO-WHOOOOOO!!!

Quitting was NOT easy!!!  I just happened to fall in love with an amazing man… who WAS NOT a smoker!!!  I was the only one who smoked among our “FRIENDS” in Daytona Beach, FL.  Oh, those wonderful “MEMORIES” of an amazing, yet “TROUBLESOME” year in Daytona Beach, FL!!!  1993… “THE BEST YEAR OF MY SINGLE LIFE”!!!

I cared an awful lot about Chris.  He NEVER complained about my smoking.  I simply “WANTED” to quit for him.  HA!!!  “WANTING” to quit???  Was so much easier than actually “QUITTING”!!!  DOUBLE HA, HA!!!  AND AGAIN… DOUBLE HA, HA!!!

Boy, I sure bit off a few heads in my feeble attempts at quitting back in the mid-90’s!!!  “THAT”… was NOT a “FUN” time!!!  I had major “ISSUES” back then.  Remember…I was  JUST beginning this, so-called, “JOURNEY… TO FIND MYSELF”.  That “ANGER” was ALWAYS boiling… just beneath the surface… simply seeking an excuse to be released.  Hhhmmm… “THIS” notion… AGAIN… that  perhaps “inner turmoil” is released by folks, subconsciously, in the form of “ANGER” about something which is completely unrelated to the specific complaint…  DOUBLE Hhhmmm, Hhhmmm…  Ya still with me???  Let’s keep moving…

I “failed” a few times with attempts to quit… ON MY OWN.  I also “failed” with two attempts of hypnosis.  I FELT HORRIBLE… WITH EACH FAILURE!!!  It was, however, those “failed” attempts that brought me to my knees.  A LAST-DITCH effort (PLEA) for God to help me quit.  I begged and pleded as I smoked that last cigarette at an Avante Nursing Facility in Jacksonville, FL prior to leaving work for a flight to visit Chris and his family in New Hampshire.  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  And “THAT” cigarette was my LAST cigarette… EVER!!!  Thank-you, Jesus!!!  Amen.

I have been on both sides, folks.  SMOKER/NON-SMOKER.  Now, let us examine  a few of the issues, TOGETHER, involved with this “HOT” topic, shall we???  The areas addressed will be:  RIGHTS, RESPONSIBILITIES, “THE NON-SMOKING ZONE,” and THE CONCLUSION.  Hhhmmm… ALOT will be thrown together for that “CONCLUSION,” I’m sure!!!  “THIS”… is gonna be “FUN”!!!  Check back for upcoming posts…  😉

Give the BEST of yourself for “JUST” today… “EVERY day!!!

P.H.P., folks.  People Helping People.

GO TEAM!!!  WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!!!

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

 

STAYING POSITIVE…

IN A NEGATIVE WORLD…

Is so, So, SO DIFFICULT!!!  I struggle DAILY!!!  “THIS” is a battle we ALL fight… EVERY SINGLE DAY!!!  (Pppsssttt… ARE “YOU” WINNING OR LOSING?  “MY” jury is still… “OUT”)

LIFE IS DIFFICULT!!!  FOR EVERYBODY!!!  EVERYWHERE!!!

I find myself struggling, more-so-than-usual.  The NEGATIVITY is so, So, SO PALPABLE.  I want to scream… “STOP”!!!  People… LIKE TO COMPLAIN!!!  WHY???  NOTHING IS EVER GOOD ENOUGH!!!

“HELLO”… NOTHING WILL EVER BE GOOD ENOUGH… HERE ON EARTH!!!  We are ALL imperfect people… making mistakes… EVERY SINGLE DAY!!!  Falling short of, no less than 1, desired expectation… EVERY SINGLE DAY!!!

Please QUIT demanding what is IMPOSSIBLE.   And who, EXACTLY, is it that demands “THE IMPOSSIBLE,” anyway?  Any guesses?  THAT’S RIGHT!!!  “EVERYDAY PEEPS”!!!  “YOU”!!!;  “ME”!!!;  “HIM”!!!;  “HER!!!”;  “US”!!!  EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US!!!

I feel compelled to share a short story here, folks.  This exemplifies how we are, at times, too hard on ourselves.  PLEASE COME ALONG… 

The lead Pastor at our church, Dr. Walter West, said something to me awhile ago… THAT I  WILL NEVER FORGET!!!  My husband and I had attended a special event one evening, mid-week,  at Anastasia Baptist Church.   In our greeting I mentioned to Pastor West that I’d been feeling kinda “BLAH” lately and had not been working on this blog as much as I’d like.   Hhhmmm… I guess you could say that I was “down” on myself.  Well wouldn’t you know it… Pastor West shot back with “Oh, isn’t that LIFE”!!!  HA!!!  AND… he then went on to imply that “THAT”… happens to ALL of us… ALL THE TIME!!!  DOUBLE HA, HA!!! 

WOW!!!  “THAT” is so, So, SO… “TRUE”!!!  And “THAT”… is exactly what I needed to hear at that very moment.   “THANK-YOU, WALTER”.

Oh, and the “EXAMPLES” keep coming to mind, folks.  HERE’S ANOTHER ONE… displaying how everyday peeps tend to demand perfection from other everyday peeps…  Pointing out others’ mistakes… A.K.A: COMPLAINING!!!  Have I mentioned that I do NOT tolerate “COMPLAINERS” very well???  Example… if the soup is “cold” when delivered to your table, ask for it to be re-heated.  EASY FIX, right???

And is it asking too much for you to  politely “TELL” people what they need to know.  DON’T COMPLAIN!!!  Sorry, folks.  I can’t be more specific right now,  but “VENTING”…non-specifically… sure HELPS!!!  THANKS FOR… “READING”!!!  😉  I FEEL BETTER!!!  🙂

LIFE IS DIFFICULT, folks!!!  FOR EVERYBODY!!!  EVERYWHERE!!!  Work has been “TRYING” lately.  My Daily devotion for “TODAY,” however, reminded me that God’s grace is all I need.  His power works best in my weakness.

“…For when I am weak, then I am strong.”  Amen.

P.H.P, folks.  People Helping People.

Give the BEST of yourself for “JUST” today… “EVERY” day!!!

GO TEAM!!!  WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!!!

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

 

2 Corinthians 12: 9-10