Resolution for Smokers: QUIT!!

This is a follow-up on my previous posting, ‘To Resolute Or Not To Resolute’.

I wasn’t planning on having a follow-up but when I read this now, I had to post it.

This is for my friends who should quit and don’t and you know who you are!! 😉  If you are asking yourself, “Could she be referring to me?”, then the answer is probably, “YES!”Just the fact that you wondering, clearly makes you a smoker and you should be quitting. Regardless, if I was thinking of you or not.

So my dear friends, whom I care a lot about, QUIT! Life is already so short in itself, why would you want to make it even shorter with that horrible habit??

Below are some tips on how to quit. You can do it! 🙂

Be awesomely blessed!

Cláudia

QUIT SMOKING

Some people find it very easy to stop smoking, others find it very difficult – and most are in between. The National Council Against Smoking identifies four stages to quitting: you think about it; you prepare to stop; you stop; and you work on staying smoke-free. Here’s their advice:

* The night before give-up day throw away all your cigarettes, including butts. Get rid of lighters and ashtrays. Replace cigarettes with sugar-free gum, straws, toothpicks, or worry beads to keep your hands and mouth busy. Be positive.

If you are using aids like nicotine gum, patches, spray or inhaler, be sure you know how to use them. Read the package inserts carefully.

Smoke your last cigarette and say goodbye to an old enemy.

* The big day: be good to yourself and don’t push yourself too hard. Have fruit juice for breakfast. The acidity will help get rid of the nicotine. Plan a treat for the end of the day as a reward for not smoking.

* The days that follow: take one day at a time. Don’t think of never smoking again. Think of quitting in terms of one day at a time. Say to yourself: “I won’t smoke today,” and then don’t. Congratulate yourself at the end of each day for your success. Your goal is to get through each day without a cigarette. Deal with one urge at a time and beat it.

* Avoid temptation: develop a clean, fresh, non-smoking environment around you. Avoid smokers. Spend more time with non-smokers. Avoid places where you used to smoke and don’t sit in smoking sections. For the first week or two, try to avoid alcohol, coffee, and other beverages that you associate with smoking.

* Cope with the urge to smoke: remind yourself of your reasons for stopping smoking. Reassure yourself: “This may be tough, but I can do it!” Tell yourself: “I choose not to smoke.” Practise the 5 Ds – drink water, deep breathing, do something else, discuss with friends, delay.

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To Resolute Or Not To Resolute…

We have come to that week before New Year’s day, where we all start to ponder on ‘New Year’s Resolutions’.

In all honestly, I have never made ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ but rather opting for ‘Birthday Resolutions’. Unfortunately, even with that I cannot say that I have been very successful.

So, this year I have decided  to jump on the band wagon and make some ‘New Year’s Resolutions’.

Wikipedia’s definition:

“A New Year’s Resolution is a commitment that an individual makes to a project or the reforming of a habit, often a lifestyle change that is generally interpreted as advantageous.”

Advantageous? Ok, let’s see. I could eat less chocolate and in turn lose some weight but how “advantaegous” will this be to others around me?  There are some days where I am so annoyed and irritated that I want to whop some people over the head and all that calms me down is a good, yummy, calorie-filled chocolate.  So I ask myself: Do I go for less choc and become sexy, yet aggressive or do I remain chubby and sweet?? Hmmm… Really going to have to think about this one. Lol!

Here are examples from Wiki of common resolutions:

  • Improve health: lose weight, exercise more, eat better, drink less alcohol, quit smoking
  • Improve finances: get out of debt, save money
  • Improve career: get a better job
  • Improve education: improve grades, get a better education, learn something new (such as a foreign language or music)
  • Improve self: become more organized, reduce stress, be less grumpy, manage time, be more independent
  • Take a trip
  • Quit smoking
  • Volunteer to help others

In all seriousness, I know that I will be doing some things very differently this coming year and also doing some new things.  I am not delusional, so I know that at times it will be frustrating and I will want to throw in the towel. Yet I know it will be “advantageous” for my life.

If you are making resolutions, I wish you the very best and I pray that you have more discipline, courage and determination to pull through in 2011!

Be awesomely blessed. 🙂

Cláudia

Penguin Classic’s list of “100 Classic Books You Must Read Before You Die”

This is based on the Penguin Classic’s list of “100 Classic Books You Must Read Before You Die”. . Its for people reading them, wanting to read them or wishing they hadn’t read them!!

Hahaha!

As an admitted “book-aholic” or “bookworm”, I am ashamed to admit, that from all these books, I have only read 6!!!!

So as part of my New Year’s Resolution for 2011, I am going to pick 10 books from this list and read. Of course, this is in addition to the other 12 books I have to read next year!!

So below is the list for you to peruse and check what you have read.

Happy Reading friends!

Be awesomely blessed!

Cláudia

100 Classic Books You Must Read Before You Die

1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey

2. Diary of a Madman and Other Stories – Nikolai Gogol

3. Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys

4. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

5. Notes From Underground – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

6. Story of the Eye – Georges Bataille

7. Spy In House Of Love: V4 In Nin’S Continuous Novel – Anais Nin

8. Lady Chatterly’s Lover – D.H.Lawrence

9. Venus in Furs – Leopold von Sacher-Masoch

10. The Canterbury Tales – Geoffrey Chaucer

11. The Karamazov Brothers – Fyodor Dostoevsky

12. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

13. Diamonds Are Forever – Ian Fleming

14. The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov

15. The Secret Agent – Joseph Conrad

16. A Room With a View – E. M. Forster

17. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

18. Don Juan – Lord George Gordon Byron

19. Love in a Cold Climate- Nancy Mitford

20. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – Tennessee Williams

21. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

22. Middlemarch – George Eliot

23. She: A History of Adventure – H. Rider Haggard

24. The Fight – by Norman Mailer

25. No Easy Walk to Freedom – Nelson Mandela

26. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

27. The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton

28. Notre-Dame of Paris (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) – Victor Hugo

29. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

30. The Old Curiosity Shop – Charles Dickens

31. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson

32. Bram Stoker’s Dracula – Bram Stoker

33. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

34. The Castle of Otranto – Horace Walpole

35. The Turn of the Screw – Henry James

36. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

37. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

38. Baby doll – Tennessee Williams

39. Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote

40. Emma – Jane Austen

41. On the Road – Jack Kerouac

42. The Odyssey – Homer

43. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

44. Three Men in a Boat – Jerome K. Jerome

45. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

46. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

47. Vile Bodies – Evelyn Waugh

48. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

49. The Beautiful and Damned – F. Scott Fitzgerald

50. Against Nature – Joris-Karl Huysmans

51. The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Malcolm X

52. The Outsider – Albert Camus

53. Animal Farm – George Orwell

54. The Communist Manifesto – Karl Marx

55. Les Misérables – Victor Hugo

56. The Time Machine – H. G. Wells

57. The Man in the High Castle – Philip K. Dick

58. The Invisible Man – H.G. Wells

59. The Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham

60. We – Yevgeny Zamyatin

61. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess

62. Hell’s Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga – Hunter S. Thompson

63. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

64. Another Country – James Baldwin

65. In Cold Blood – Truman Capote

66. Junky: The Definitive Text of Junk – William S. Burroughs

67. The Moonstone – Wilkie Collins

68. Confessions of an English Opium Eater – Thomas De Quincey

69. Subterraneans – Jack Kerouac

70. Monsieur Monde Vanishes – Georges Simenon

71. Nineteen Eighty-four – George Orwell

72. The Monkey Wrench Gang – Edward Abbey

73. The Prince – Niccolo Machiavelli

74. Bound for Glory – Woody Guthrie

75. Death of a Salesman – Arthur Miller

76. Maigret and the Ghost – Georges Simenon

77. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

78. The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler

79. A Study in Scarlet – Arthur Conan, Sir Doyle

80. The Thirty-Nine Steps – John Buchan

81. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

82. Therese Raquin – Ãmile Zola

83. Les Liaisons dangereuses – Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

84. The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne

85. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

86. I, Claudius : From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius, Born 10 B.C., Murdered and Deified A.D. 54 – Robert Graves

87. Hangover Square – Patrick Hamilton

88. The Beggar’s Opera – John Gay

89. The Twelve Caesars – Suetonius

90. Guys and Dolls – Hal Leonard Corporation

91. Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson

92. The Iliad of Homer – Homer

93. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

94. From Russia with Love – Ian Fleming

95. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

96. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

97. The Diary of a Nobody – George Grossmith

98. Pickwick Papers – Charles Dickens

99. Scoop – Evelyn Waugh

100. Lucky Jim – Kingsley Amis

A Good and Profitable Attitude


A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said: “I am blind, please help.” There were only a
few coins in the hat.

A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words.

Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy. That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were. The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, “Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?”

The man said, “I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way.” I wrote: “Today is a beautiful day but I cannot see it.”

Both signs told people that the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind. The second sign told people that they were so blessed that they were not blind. Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective?

Moral of the Story: Be thankful for what you have. Be creative. Be innovative. Think differently and positively. Cultivate an attitude of
gratitude.

When life gives you 100 reasons to cry, show life that you have 1000 reasons to smile. Face your past without regret.

Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear. The most beautiful thing is to see a person smiling… And even more beautiful, is knowing that you are the reason behind it!!!

Keep smiling and be awesomely blessed!

Cláudia

Presumption


There is a legend of a woman who had a faithful dog. This dog was so faithful that the woman could leave her baby with it and go out to attend other matters. She always returned to find the child soundly asleep with the dog faithfully watching over him.

One day something tragic happened. The woman as usual, left the baby in the “hands” of this faithful dog and went out shopping. When she returned, she discovered rather a nasty scene. There was a total mess. The baby’s cot was dismantled and his nappies and clothes torn to shreds with bloodstains all over the bedroom where she had left the child and the dog.

Shocked, the woman wailed as she began looking for the baby. Presently, she saw the faithful dog emerging from the under the bed. It was covered with blood and licking its mouth as it had just finished a delicious meal.

The woman went berserk and assumed that the dog had devoured her baby.  Without much thought she clubbed the dog to death. But as she continued searching for the “remains” of her child, she beheld another scene. Close to the bed was the baby who, although lying on bare floor, was safe. And under the bed the carcass of a jackal torn to pieces in what must have been a fierce battle between it and the dog which was now dead.

Then the reality hit the woman who now began to understand what took place in her absence. The dog fought to protect the baby from the ravenous jackal. It was too late for her now to make amends because in her impatience and anger, she had killed the faithful dog. A dog deserving praise and adoration that fought to save the life of her dear beloved child received death in return.

How often have we misjudged people and torn them to shreds with harsh words and even with physical assault before we have had time to evaluate the situation? It is called the sin of presumption. Presuming things are one way without taking the trouble to find out exactly what the situation really is. A little patience can drastically reduce major life long errors.

More points to ponder:

1. A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for!

2. Intelligence is like underwear. It is important that you have it, but not necessary that you show it off!

3. If your dreams determine your future, why not go to sleep now?

4. When the only tool you own is a hammer, every problem begins to look like a nail!

5. Never test the depth of the water with both feet.

*Shared from an outside source. I take no credit for this posting*

Be awesomely blessed.

Cláudia

We Need Each Other

“Nobody is a whole chain. Each one is a link. But take away one link and the chain is broken.
Nobody is a whole team. Each one is a player. But take away one player and the game is forfeited.
Nobody is a whole orchestra. Each one is a musician. But take away one musician and the symphony is incomplete.

We need each other. You need someone and someone needs you. Isolated islands, we’re not.”

~Charles Swindoll

Be awesomely blessed!

Cláudia

Thoughts…

by Charles R. Swindoll

Thoughts are the thermostat that regulates what we accomplish in life. If I feed my mind upon doubt, disbelief, and discouragement, that is precisely the kind of day my body will experience. If I adjust my thermostat forward to thoughts filled with vision, vitality, and victory, I can count on that kind of day. Thus, you and I become what we think about.

Neither Dale Carnegie nor Norman Vincent Peale originated such a message. God did. “For as [a man] thinks within himself, so he is” (Prov. 23:7). “Therefore, prepare your minds for action” (1 Peter 1:13).

The mind is a “thought factory” producing thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands, of thoughts each day. Production in your thought factory is under the charge of two foremen. One we shall call Mr. Triumph, the other Mr. Defeat.

Mr. Triumph specializes in producing reasons why you can face life victoriously, why you can handle what comes your way, why you’re more than able to conquer. Mr. Defeat is an expert in the opposite. He develops reasons why you cannot succeed, why you’re inadequate, why you should give up and give in to worry, failure, discouragement, and inferiority.

Give a positive signal, and Mr. Triumph will see to it that one encouraging, edifying thought after another floods your mind. But Mr. Defeat is always standing by, awaiting a negative signal (which he would rather you call “reality” or “common sense!”), and when he gets it, he cranks out discouraging, destructive, demoralizing thoughts that will soon have you convinced you can’t or won’t or shouldn’t.

Thoughts, positive or negative, grow stronger when fertilized with constant repetition. That may explain why so many who are gloomy and gray stay in that mood . . . and why those who are cheery and enthusiastic continue to be so.

What kind of performance would your car deliver if every morning before you left for work you scooped up a handful of dirt and put it in your crankcase? The engine would soon be coughing and sputtering. Ultimately it would refuse to start. The same is true of your life. Thoughts that are narrow, self-destructive, and abrasive produce needless wear and tear on your mental motor. They send you off the road while others drive past.

You need only one foreman in your mental factory: Mr. Triumph is his name. He is eager to assist you and available to all the members of God’s family.

His real name is the Holy Spirit, the Helper.

If Mr. Defeat is busily engaged as the foreman of your factory, fire yours and hire ours! You will be amazed at how smoothly the plant will run under His leadership.

Be awesomely blessed!

Cláudia

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