One of my friends would smoke at least 30 cigarettes a day
One day, he asked me
You are good at talking
Talk something to me and make me quit smoking, he said
I thought for a couple of minutes
Then I talked with him for 5 minutes
Then from the next day onwards, he quit smoking
What was that 5-minute speech?
Why did he quit smoking?
Let’s look in this video.
“This Week’s Message” – Week 3
Karaikudi Sa Balakumar
Why such sudden decision to quit smoking, I asked my friend
He said that he loved his daughter
And because my daughter doesn’t like the smell of cigarette, she’s not even sitting next to me
That’s why I’m trying to quit smoking, he said
Then I joked, “30 cigarettes a day will keep the daughter away”
Stop joking and come straight to the point, he said
How can I stop smoking. Tell me, he asked.
You’ll have to spend some money. Is it okay with you, I asked him.
He was ready to bear any expense to stop smoking
For now, give me 2000 bucks and a cigarette, I asked him
If I need more, I’ll ask you
He took out a 2000 rupee note and a cigaretter from his pocket and handed them to me
I got them both from him
I placed the cigaretter in my hand
I unrolled the cigarette, and took out all the nicotine
Placed that nicotine in the 2000 rupee note
Then I rolled the 2000 rupee note
I made that like a cigaretter and handed that to my friend
I asked him to smoke that
He looked at me puzzled
Are you kidding me, he asked
I have to ask you that question
Are you mad? I asked him
Why? He asked me
Because you are able to see the 2000 rupee worth note burning in front of you
But aren’t you able to see that you’re burning invaluable lungs?
It’s very hard to be born as humanbeing.
Even harder is to be born not as hunchback, blind, deaf, and dumb.
It’s an Avvayaar song
It’s such a hard thing to be born as a human being
Even harder is to be born without any disabilities.
You are born without disabilities. You’re rich.
Then imagine how much effort you have to put in protecting your body
This body is your asset
You’re smoking 30 cigarettes a day
If 2000 rupees per cigarette, then 60,000 rupees for 30 cigarettes
Then 18 lakhs for a month
In a few months, you’ll be penniless…
…and beg in the streets
This is financial thing
On the other hand, the real asset, which is your body
… will slowly start degrading
… and your family will be in the street… begging for your life in a temple or a doctor
Think about that
So, whenever you think of smoking…
Take out all the nicotine from the cigarette
Roll that in a 2000 rupee note
And try to smoke that as a cigarette
If you’re able to do that, then continue smoking
If not, quit smoking, I said
He started practising it from the next day
He quit smoking forever
Another friend came to me and asked…
I also want to quit smoking, he said
But I can’t spend huge amount of money
Is there any inexpensive technique to quit smoking? he asked me.
I thought for a moment and said, yes there’s a way
What’s that technique, he eagerly asked
Go get married, I said
Will I stop smoking if I get married? he asked
Yes, you will, I said
How? he asked
I continued speaking…
If you get married…
Not only for smoking… you can’t open your mouth for anything, I said