I was recently surprised to read that blind people don’t smoke.
The article didn’t spell it out, but I surmised that those people who had smoked prior to becoming blind, still smoked afterwards. It’s now the time of year when we tend to look at our life and make some New Year resolutions. Especially related to those habits (not just smoking), that can be detrimental to our well-being and potential success.
Habits are learned, and are formed to fulfill certain needs.
For example, after we have been driving for some time, we motor along, sometimes without any conscious awareness of changing gears, where we are, braking and so on. Our driving skills are now operating at an unconscious level. Advanced driving course instructors remind us of the need to still stay alert and be continually aware of potential traffic dangers.
Bad habits too are learned and adopted to fulfill certain needs. Conscious attempts to change a bad habit, always meet with powerful resistance. In fact it increases the desire to continue the bad habit.
Hunger for food for example, may be an emotional need to offset loneliness, depression or a lack of love. After the food binge, one often feels guilty and even worse than ever. The viscous circle continues.
Will power alone doesn’t work.
Where smoking is concerned, to keep repeating “I will not smoke anymore” doesn’t have any effect unless one has super human will power. Experience shows that good intentions alone rarely last.
If one is serious about stopping smoking, it is imperative to sit down and list the reasons why one smokes.
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