“I Once Knew A Fellow” …
I once knew a fellow who could fill up ashtrays as quick as his fingers flicked ash. You see, he could boast that what might come from any economic crisis-downturns, reversals, stagnations, he could most always boast: “I will be the last man standing!” Yes, I give him credit: he built a business from scratch; no one cave him a dime. He worked hard from childhood-overcame many things-weathered the way bills kept coming as he scaled the ladders of entrepreneurship.
“That Struck Me As Crazy!”
Gradually, though, his smoking got to be a big problem-with a few heart attacks. Yet, he told me once, “No big deal. I get an attack – go into the hospital- they fix me up … Then I come out and keep on working 'till the next heart attack comes-and then I go back in again. ” That stuck me as crazy, but who was I to say? The man had made a nice fortune- and considered himself – as did others– darned smart.
“He Never Conquered Them!”
So cigarettes were his way of dealing with life's pressures. He never conquered them- And I do not have to tell you how things came out in the wash. I did not see him in his last moments on this planet- but a man I worked with once reported that when he visited him, he claimed like a baby, he was so out of control and not in his right mind.
“Ah, The Government Man!”
The “Government Man” had come to get him-if you would allow that person's fate when he smokers is like one who refuses to pay his income tax. Sooner or late: the Man from the Government pays him a call and one way or the other beats him up -mentally, emotionally or downright physically.
“Why Do I Waste My Time?”
Why do I waste my time talking to you, a loved smoker, who does not care to quit? Because I do believe there is something inside of you that listens to reason. But above that, that you well know the right story can turn anyone from bad ways to the right ways that will save him. If there is one person who turns when he reads this: that will do me perfectly well. And if this story does touch your emotions some, well watch out, it may affect you. There is an old saying: It's short: EMOTION WINS! If it does, then you're the winner. As for my friend who just did not seem to “get” it: 'Pip, I loved you: Why go that way?'