I am Happy!
No, I am ecstatic.
A wish has been granted.
Rather a mission has been accomplished.
This was on my mind, heart and soul, for God knows, how many years!!
And God alone knows, how many efforts I must have done all these years to achieve that goal.
Though I am very satisfied, grateful and content today, believe me, the road to success was not one rosy path!
This task, though a difficult one has enriched me in many ways, over a period of time.
Reading all the stuff I could lay my eyes on.
Listening to anybody who could offer a tip or an advice.
Talking to specialists and people who were successful doing it!
Praying to all the Gods I know, for some ‘Divine Intervention’.
This project honed my skills a bit in
nagging persuasion and a great in follow-ups.
I guess, I have become adept at identifying certain olfactory sensations and olfactory perceptions too.
Because of this mission, I believe I am now eligible to be a
detective researcher too! So anybody hiring??
This assignment made me realize and understand the wisdom of many idioms and sayings, in fact I found solace in them! viz…
- “The most essential factor is persistence – the determination never to allow your energy or enthusiasm to be dampened by the discouragement that must inevitably come.” – James Whitcomb Riley
- “Naggers always know what they are doing. They weigh up the risks, then they go on and on and on until they get what they want or until they get punched.” – Jools Holland
Of course, I got punched sometimes (not physically, but loads of mental blows!)
- “Nagging is the repetition of unpalatable truths.” – Edith Summerskill
- “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink!”
Yeah, this was The Most Important Learning!!
And of course,
- “Slow and steady, wins the race”.
I created awareness about it and garnered support for it, roped in even the little one into it, because I strongly believe in ‘The more the merrier!’
Recurrent emails, e-cards filled the mail box of the concerned personnel.
Wrote even a blog post on it!
And Finally…the mission was accomplished!!
And the mission…KG quit smoking!!
And it’s been more than 50 days since he has kicked that butt!
And hope it stays that way!
Thank you God, Thank you friends and a big thank you to our lil’ one, who once took a placard with the ill effects of smoking as his social message in a fancy dress competition and would be too keen to show it to his dad whenever he could lay his hands on it, or being my lil’ spy and spilling the beans whenever he found the senior smoking!
KG is off this bad thingy called ciggy because of my efforts!!?? That would be a wrong thing to say!! I just gave him a push (or rather lots of Pushes!)…the efforts were his!!
And yes, Thank you KG for listening to your heart!!…(whose??…Yours, Mine or Ours!??)
September 21, 2009 1:18 pm|
wow..great…. congrats for the accomplished mission… really a good one…
September 21, 2009 1:24 pm|
Oh wow! Your joy is infectious! 😀
And I know what a remarkable feat you have achieved! 🙂
We have been more ingenious and less effective, like soaking the new cigarette ends in neem juice. Of course, the house always explodes when the next one is about to be lighted! 😛
September 21, 2009 1:34 pm|
That is cool. Congrats Shilpa… [though I don not know him].. great going KG. Keep that up 🙂
September 21, 2009 1:36 pm|
As they say…Nothing is impossible…..all it takes is lots of effort and persuasion.
September 21, 2009 1:57 pm|
and KG done a brave job
September 21, 2009 2:39 pm|
Thts gr8:) congratulations lady nd yup congrats to KG too:)
September 21, 2009 2:58 pm|
Congrats Shilpa… on ‘Mission Accomplished’… !!!
This means a little fresher air to breathe and a (wee bit) cleaner environment… too! 🙂
September 21, 2009 3:17 pm|
well these things dont work single handedly …….it shows indeed the strong will power of both of you…..congrats to both of u!!! (sorry but who is KG)
September 21, 2009 3:43 pm|
@ Pankaja: Yes, you are absolutely right! Its a team effort! 😀
KG is my BEST half!! 🙂
September 21, 2009 3:53 pm|
@ Shankar: Thanks Shankar. yeah, it feels good to accomplish this difficult goal!! 🙂
@ Guria: Thanks girlie! I know, what you mean!
Soaking in neem juice, that’s truly ingenious. Never heard of it!! I can imagine the fireworks after the ‘discovery’!! 😀
We used to have explosions when the ‘precious’ stick went missing! 🙂
@ Sojo: Thanks a lot! 🙂
September 21, 2009 4:07 pm|
@ Indian Pundit: Yup, you are right!! 🙂
@ chetan: Thanks Chetan! And welcome on “A rose is a rose is a rose!”
@ Vipul Grover: Thanks Vipul!! 🙂
@ Roshmi: Thanks Roshmi!
Yes, there is a bit of cleaner air and environment apart from the host of personal health and emotional benefits!! 🙂
September 21, 2009 5:07 pm|
congrats from my side….
I know how hard it is to make one quit smoking…
tried it someone but failed in the end though!!
September 21, 2009 6:22 pm|
September 21, 2009 7:02 pm|
letz celebrate it with a drinking party! hehe just joking 🙂
i am sure you will stand beside him to stick to his resolution! wishes!
September 21, 2009 11:13 pm|
wow.. that is really a great achievement.. congrats!!!to you and KG too!! “The most essential factor is persistence” -so true.. without persistence, nothing is possible..
September 22, 2009 12:32 am|
Have completed the brands tag 🙁 I know I am very late
September 22, 2009 2:40 am|
Congratulations ! It really is an achievement !
September 22, 2009 3:54 am|
🙂 Gr8 !
September 22, 2009 6:02 am|
proud of u three…
love u lots,
September 22, 2009 6:14 am|
You bet, it is difficult! Till some time back, KG’s favorite repartee would be: “Its easy to quit smoking…I have done it so many times!!” 😀
sm: Thanks! 🙂
@ rocksea: Oh, yes let’s celebrate with a drinking party….What do wanna have??… water, milkshake, neemupaani, Lassi?? 😀
@ evanescentthoughts: Thanks! And yes persistence pays! 🙂
September 22, 2009 6:15 am|
@ avdi, Lakshmi Rajan, Kusum: Thanks a lot!! 🙂
September 22, 2009 6:28 am|
Another one bites the dust… Narishakti Zindabad!!
BTW check this out…
And I will go and hide your post from my frontpage, lest my wife sees it and gets inspired.
September 22, 2009 6:57 am|
cool babie….. i can actually see u jumping (he he)with joy….congrats to both of you…and here’s a prayer….
Dear God….please let this joy stay forever….
September 22, 2009 7:37 am|
HaVe A cElEbRaTiOn!!!
WhErE iS tHe PaRty ToNiGhT!!
September 22, 2009 7:45 am|
@ Paritosh: Yes, Narishakti Zindabad!!
I checked your post and need to hide it from my hubby!! 😀
@ aashi: Thanks sweetie! Yes, I am very happy!
And thanks for the prayer…AMEN!! 🙂
September 22, 2009 10:32 am|
Ah! Truly mission impossible. Having seen smokers around me who simply don’t quit, I can understand your jubiliation!!!!
Three cheers to KG & You .. and of course lil Aryan!
September 22, 2009 11:34 am|
So that was the dessert party all about!
Quitting on cigarettes is tough, and quitting it for 50 days is a feat!
Cheers for that!
September 22, 2009 1:53 pm|
Shilpa,I know it is an achievement ,no doubt,but the credit equally should go to KG(who is he?)also.Look ,I was a smoker and used to smoke 40 + cig a day.THere are two factors which made me give up smoking…1 my wife threatend to start if I did not give up and…2 my determination to quit…which I did.You deserve the credit,but so does KG.
Keep one ILACHI handy and some chewing gum.
September 22, 2009 4:21 pm|
@ Makk: Thanks a lot!! 🙂
Party? We just had a gala After Awards Party, last week!! Another party?? 😀
@ lostworld: Thanks a lot Rohitha! It was a Mission Impossible, but then when you decide, Nothing is Impossible and Everything is Possible!! 🙂
September 22, 2009 4:27 pm|
@ pawan: The dessert party was a part of After Awards Party!!
Yes, it is tough! But thank God, we have left it behind!! 🙂
@ BK Chowla: KG or Kshitij Garg is my husband, my Best Half!!
Yes, the major credit goes to KG!!
40 a day!! Yours is quite an achievement too!! Kudos to you too!! 🙂
Thanks for the suggestion, never tried elaichi but he is on chewing gums now-a-days!! 🙂
September 23, 2009 5:38 am|
I guess this Mission accomplishment is worth throwing a party!! wat say?
September 23, 2009 8:18 am|
Awesome. I kicked the butt too last year successfully :D.
Thanks to my gf 😛 She threatened to kill me faster than the smoke 😛
September 23, 2009 3:26 pm|
Wow! congrats to you and your junior and your hubby, too. It was the combined effort which bore the fruit. Am sure it must be a very sentimental moment.
September 24, 2009 4:19 pm|
@ Makk: Party! Ok, if you insist! We will have a party soon! 🙂
@ Aditya: Wow! One more achiever!! That’s great!!
That’s a cool threat!! Why didnt I think of it! 😉
@ Shas: Thanks a lot Shas! Yes, it was team work!!
I dont know whether we had a sentimental moment…of course, each passing day filled us with confidence but i sure had apprehensions!! 😀
October 23, 2009 4:15 am|
Awesome! That’s really great news! 😀 U shud write another post on the exact strategy u used… as a step-by-step guide u know… what actions led to what consequences…. and how did u work-around them…