Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Quitting Smoking

Thanks to the increase in cigarette taxes, I am on the path of quitting smoking. Yay me. My resolve is solid, although my enthusiasm is vague. It's not that I don't want to quit, I just question myself when my motivation is primarily external - the cost of cigarettes, as opposed to internal.

I look forward to the joys of being smoke free. Right off the bat, I realize that I could have timed quitting better than I did, say starting right after I changed the kitty litter. I will be changing the kitty litter today, when my sense of smell is newly returned. Yay me. As the aroma of used kitty litter wafts through the air, I again consider teaching my cats to use the porcelain throne. I doubt that this will happen, though. Because, a) my cats have never learned anything I tried to teach them; and b) with only one bathroom in my home, things could get ugly should my cats and I all need to use the facilities at the same time.

I find myself sniffing things, eagerly exercising my returned sense of smell. I sniff my books, my coffee, my air freshener, with wonder. I love the smell of books. I luxuriate in the smell of my coffee. I realize my air freshener is not as "spring time fresh" as advertised. It's a whole new world, just waiting for me to smell it.

So, I continue on the path of quitting smoking. I chomp my nicotine gum, chanting a mantra of "What's that smell?"


1 comment:

  1. Hi Naomi,
    I wish you all the luck on your path to stop smoking. I am a quitter, 14 years now. It was the hardest thing I have ever done. I did find holding something in my cigarett hand did help. People thought I was weird holding a pencil all the time, but it helped. I wish you all the power!!