Interestingly enough I went to have libations and pipes with my elderly fathe-in-law after attending Good Friday mass this afternoon (I guess it would technically be yesterday since I am writing this at 1:30 in the morning). It was quite a nice afternoon. We talked all over the map about cult rent events, including a funny discussion about Trump. We also watched an episode of the 50's vintage Gunsmoke on TV (the half hour version) which was a lot of fun. It happens to be one of his favorite shows.
I happened to mention that I was considering trying to either quit or drastically cut back on my pipes. I did this very briefly and casually, and had not talked with him about this before. And, surprising the hell out of me he said, "why worry about it? You like having a few pipes. No big deal".
That actually surprised me, for now it was a third time in just a few months where I went and talked with someone I respect and they each said the same thing! And in each case it was the exact opposite of what I had thought.... Don't Worry about it!
It seems like advice too good to be true, but after three different times... It is really getting me to think.... Maybe I should just stop worrying about it? It doesn't seem logical or right to my mind, but to get the exact same message given to me by three very different people who I seek advice from ?
It is very interesting to wonder about. Especially at this early morning hour as I sit outside here having a pipe. It is actually a nice, almost balmy 40 degrees. There is a bright, full moon. I am still feeling a gentle calmness from the libations earlier. And, it is quiet and peaceful.
Interesting and odd.