Strong Pipe Craving
The image that used to be above but is now removed was of an author I met. The photograph was not one I took, but was one I found of him on the Internet this evening after I had thought again about his talk and the book I read of his called Spartina. I met him when he visited our U a number of years ago. He is John Casey, author of Spartina as well as other books. The book I read of his is quite wonderful, and he is a nice fellow as well. I enjoyed a pipe with him while he was waiting to give his talk. So, if you wish to see this fellow, look for an image of him on-line.
It is interesting to note that this morning upon awakening, I experienced a much deeper yearning for a pipe than I have experienced in quite some time. It sort of caught me a bit off guard. I was not anticipating it.
The idea of variation to the intensity of cravings being non-linear (and being either stable or gently sloping downward to lower and lower intensities is surprising to me. I am wondering what is the root cause?
I am wondering if a higher stress level this week at work and at home is partially to blame? Possibly, but it does not seem to fully explain why when my feet hit the floor this morning, I REALLY wanted a pipe. I was probably at my most relaxed at that moment than I have been the last few days.
Well, what this really has me thinking about is what about the future. It was easy enough to resist even this moderate craving due to the impact of my not wanting to break my Lenten vow. But, if the cravings can still come back in a moderate fashion after Lent, what sort of mechanism do I need to keep in my mind to help me continue to resist at that point? Should it be the ever climbing number of days of success like with walking? Is that enough incentive?
I want to figure out something that will help me to succeed after Lent is over with my 97.5% pipe tobacco free existence. I have been enjoying doing what I say I will do. I have been feeling more enjoyment when I do indulge, and I have been feeling good about not indulging at those times I have selected not to. But... this more moderate craving DID surprise me. I have to think about it more.