Now this blog is going to get into my thinking about myself and the way that I treat me. I hope that you will apply what I am doing to you as well. I mean really think about and take it to heart on the way we treat our individual selves. I hope it is a ripple in this ocean of all humanity.
I woke up this morning with the idea of applying my two rules of life to myself. My first rule is: What goes around comes around. My second rule is: Do on to other what you would have done to you.
I do an okay job about applying those rules to my life choices in dealing with others. But I do a terrible job at applying those rules when dealing with my own choices for myself. Example: I refuse to intentionally go out and help someone risk getting cancer. The life choice I made to smoke or not smoke is the best example I can think of. With this new thinking of mine and applying the golden rule to self fits the fact I choose to be a nonsmoker. It is time to stop all the damage I am doing to myself by allowing myself to smoke.
The other one that I now must deal with is getting the nicotine out of my life because of what it does to my heart. With the change of stopping all smoking came the chewing of nicotine gum. I chew a lot of nicotine gum; in fact, I am chewing some right now. When I use the gum my resting heart rate is over a hundred beats a minute. When I give up the gum, the heart rate drops to seventy beats a minute. Why am I choosing to make my heart race?
If I stop and look at other choices I make for myself, I find the same truth. I am refusing to bring my own golden rule home to self and myself choices. I did take the first step today in making all the changes that I need to make in life today. Instead of sugar on my oatmeal, I put molasses on it because I was out of honey. This is me applying my golden rules to myself.
I am looking forward to stopping the gum and what it is doing to my heart the same as I when I stopped the cigarettes from damaging my lungs. I believe me, my lungs feel so much better since I no longer smoke. My thinking about the gum is changing. Can I continue to chew nicotine gum and apply my own rules of life to myself? The answer for me is no. With that change I have to now deal with the brain changes and all the issue that not having nicotine in any form in my body. I have a brain that depends on that hit each time I chew gum. Now I must face and will face my brain needs in new creative ways.
I look forward to other changes in my life as I start applying my golden rules to me and my choices. I am looking forward to the changes this new thinking will do for me as I take it home to my soul and really start treating myself as a person that I love and care about.