For many years I was deeply involved in both the practices of drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes. For the better part of 15 years I did both things to the tune of a pack of cigarettes and a twelve pack of beer a day. Many people, who are involved in these two practices for as long as I was, say that they were addicted to them. That the practices themselves had “control" over them in some way, and the effects of drinking and smoking are decidedly negative. I walked away from both practices without the aid of any patches, pills, lozenges, or anything else. I found out that everything that I needed to walk away, was right there inside of me the whole time.
While many individuals rail against the negative effects of drinking and smoking, I have a different take. For me, both drinking and smoking were incredibly positive experiences. For example, how could I have told my daughter that she shouldn't smoke cigarettes, without having the direct experience of smoking? Do you think anything that I said to her would ring true, if I hadn't had the direct experiences? I'll tell you from experience the answer is a resounding…NO. People who have no direct experience of things, then preach about the evils of said things, hold about as much water as 50 year old inflatable raft!
The effects that both drinking and smoking had on me are decidedly positive. I can now tell my daughter why neither practice is really the way to have fun and relax, although people will tell her that they are. I can tell her how terrible it feels to not be able to run 100 yards, without being completely out of breath. I can tell her that the quote is true: "If you follow the crowd, you end up stepping in shit!". Why, because dad spent part of his life stepping in that shit.
The the effects of my drinking and smoking are all positive. I'm thankful that they happened, and that I made it through both of them unscathed. In my mind, focusing on everything that may have been negative about them serves no purpose. I thank God every day for my daughter, because her incarnating into this world is what made dad finally wake up and start living. It's like Elizabeth Barret Browning said, "You don't look for miracles, you live one". I spent 15 years looking for miracles before realizing that I was living one the entire time.
Trevor Kugler is co-founder of JRWfishing.com and an avid angler. He has more than 20 years experience fishing for all types of fish, and 15 years of business and internet experience. He currently raises his three year old daughter in the heart of trout fishing country…. . Montana!
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