There are times when we must admit we’ve failed. For me, one of those times is now. I have failed. I need to admit it. I’m sure you’ve already guessed my great defeat, but I’ll say it anyway. –
My recent campaign to promote chain smoking has failed. In fact, I’m not aware of a single, solitary person who has taken so much as a puff as a result of my efforts. If you don’t recall my campaign, here is the link –
The saddest part is that I feel like I’m letting Vince Lombardi down. You might be familiar with Vince’s famous quote:
“Winners never quit, and quitters never win.”
This is especially painful because Vince loved a good cigarette. Here he is sucking on a fresh butt –
Frankly, looking at this picture I stole from Getty Images gives me a second wind. A smoky, hazy wind, yes, but a second wind nonetheless. I just now starting to feel the strength to dig deep, to push forward, to persevere. I can hear Chuck Yeager in my ear whispering HIS famous quote:
“You do what you can for as long as you can, and when you finally can’t, you do the next best thing. You back up but you don’t give up.”
Can I really abandon my mission to promote the health benefits of chain smoking? Especially now, with all the young folks starting to “vape.” Vape! It’s so dangerous. Listen people, and listen well: Unlike cigarettes, there are no health benefits to vaping!
That’s it. I am NOT going to give up! I am going to embrace yet another Vince Lombardi quote:
“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.”
Yes, my chain-smoking campaign has been knocked down. But I’m going to pick it up, dust it off, and move forward. The medical benefits are too great to ignore. In the spirit of the great Vince Lombardi, my new campaign slogan will be:
“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you light up.”
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