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Words to live by...

"How beautiful it is to do nothing, and to rest afterward."

[Spanish Proverb]

Ius luxuriae publice datum est

(The right to looseness has been officially given)

"Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders," wrote Ludwig von Mises, "no one is relieved of his share of responsibility by others. And no one can find a safe way for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore everyone, in his own interest, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle."

Apparently, the crossword puzzle that disappeared from the blog, came back.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

And Did I Mention I'm Lazy?

This will be a short post. Or, at least, it's intended to be. You see, I write "off the cuff" and do not plan out my posts. I never have, even back in school when I would get assigned some essay on some subject, few of which I was ever interested in at the time.

Oh, they taught me about outlining and how it would help me lay out  points in an orderly manner and let me properly frame my thoughts in a concise and clear manner. Which, I suppose, is how we should do it here in blogs. I am sure a number of bloggers do that. I don't. I just open a text editor and try to think of a subject. Then I try to write something about that subject.

I do not have a writer's discipline. I suspect I have no discipline at all except I know I do. I quit drinking completely... twice... I quit smoking hundreds of times before it "took." I found the secret to quitting smoking the night my son was born. The secret is simple: have a reason. An important one. One you cannot forget. After that, it isn't very difficult. Granted, I had been smoking for only 12 years. I started smoking when I was 12 years old. I quit when I was 24. I never let myself smoke too much during those 12 years. That made quitting much easier, I suspect.

But this isn't about smoking or kicking that habit. In fact, it isn't about anything at all. It's about putting some words on my blog.

And I did.... didn't I?


Alan G said...

Congratulations on quitting smoking. I did quit ‘cold turkey’ myself but not until I was 57 years old, some forty years after having started. I am pretty healthy myself…. well, except for one little thing maybe - I can’t muster enough lung power now days to mow my little dinky-ass front yard with a self-propelled lawn mower. It’s just plain old emphysema, pure and simple!

Not really whining about it, honestly, because I took the bite, now I've just got to chew it up and swallow. But every time I see some young kid or adult smoking these days it’s really hard not to walk up to them and let them know their actions have consequences. But I've convinced myself they probably wouldn't listen anyway.

Douglas said...

I'm proud of you. The longer you smoke, the harder the habit is to break. And you are right, people won't listen.