I was sorry to say goodbye to my Camel Lights. It came to me in prayer during Advent that I needed to quit, and I thought I had better listen and obey, for my own good.
The hard parts were letting myself actually run out of cigarettes, and then a week later on my Saturday off at home. That night and Sunday morning the craving was intense. In church I was afraid I might faint. And then after Mass the craving eased.
There is so much to keep you busy when you smoke: all the "moments" when it is time to have a cigarette. Quitting was like being out of a job, with so much time on my hands.
So Jules agrees, there is too much news! I just do not want to hear about every disaster on the planet 24 hours a day. And I do not feel obliged to care about all wars and disasters on the planet. I say to myself, "No one is forcing you to read the news every day." I guess that's true, though I have to handle several daily newspapers at work every morning.
I guess I could just tune out more than I do. When you use newspaper archives as I do, you realize that the news doesn't change very much over the years. Look at the microfilm from the 1970's and you will see that.