Friday, March 31, 2006

Managing life is within your control

"Nothing is easy to the unwilling."
- Nikki Giovanni (Yolanda Cornelia "Nikki" Giovanni, Jr., African-American author, poet, professor of English)

People who are addicted to tobacco (cigarettes) claim that they can't stop no matter how hard they try. Many say that they don't have the willpower to stop smoking.

In fact, these people have the strongest willpower possible. In the face of evidence that it harms their health, evidence that would be criminal if they did such harm to anyone other than themselves, they continue to indulge in their passion (or to satisfy a need that few can identify).

Scientists claim that the brains of addicts can be shown to be different from those of non-addicts. However, is it the tobacco that changes the brain or the will of the user that results in neural changes that accommodate what they really want to do?

The brain is an organ that has far more power than most of us can imagine. It can stop cancer or stop its own heart. It can heal its body or depress its own immune system to the point where the body is subject to any passing viral disease.

We have the power within us to make things happen or to prevent them from happening, as they apply to our bodies or our behaviour. We can make something that is do-able seem so difficult as to be impossible if we will it to be so.

We also have the power within us to make our brains do things that had previously been impossible or extremely difficult for us.

That's life. Manage it or let it manage you.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to empower your brain to let your fulfill your destiny.
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