Okay, continuing with Carr’s Easy Way To Stop Smoking book…let’s look at Chapter 28 called Timing. To see previous analysis of the book, click here.
Chapter 28 Timing
All right, it’s a new day, we’re on page 147 of 220, and let’s keep charging through this text! This chapter concerns the timing of your quit smoking attempt. Carr reminds us that smoking is a drug addiction and disease and killer. He emphasizes that timing your quit is important. He says you should figure out an upcoming three week period that is free from events that may lead to failure. So, in other words, if you know that you have a divorce proceeding in court next week, this may not be the opportune time to quit.
He says, “while you are smoking that last cigarette, be conscious of the bad smell and taste and think how marvelous it will be when you allow yourself to stop doing it.” He repeats that you’re not giving anything up…and, it’s not the addiction, but rather the brainwashing that keeps you puffing. We all have our “own private brainwashing.” That’s an interesting expression.
And, Carr keeps on telling me that not only am I going to find it easy to quit…I’m also going to find it very enjoyable. He also discusses a bit of the conceptual basis behind his method which demands that we continue smoking until we finish reading the book.
“The real trap is the belief that now isn’t the right time—it will always be easier tomorrow.”
Okay, and Carr hits me with this next part, and I must admit that, yes, he’s right:
“You’ve already decided that your are not going to stay in the trap the rest of your life. Therefore, at some time in your life, whether you find it easy or difficult, you will have to go through the process of getting free.”
This is definitely true. It’s just that for going on thirty years, I keep on saying to myself, “Tomorrow, tomorrow…” Even right now, I’m saying that to myself. And, he keeps telling me that I’m going to enjoy quitting. I just have a hard time believing that still.