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October 24, 2013

Tim Kolodziej: Despite the lies, there is ALWAYS a day after

NEW CASTLE — What do we REALLY want?

More money? A spot on the team? Fame? Security? Love? The respect of our classmates or colleagues?

All of the above?

Something else?

What do we REALLY want?

That’s a tough, tough question.

So deep. So rich. So layered.

And so vital to our future.

If we can grasp this question — I mean, REALLY grasp it — so much foolishness, frustration and heartache would disappear.

But it’s a hard question.

That’s probably why we rarely ask it.

Do you REALLY want to eat that third helping?

Before dropping that spoon back into the tray, ask yourself that question.

Do you REALLY want the sick stomach?

The lack of energy.

The expanded waist line.

The clothes that don’t fit anymore.

The increased risk for diabetes and other health issues.

Is THAT what you want?

Really?

If you had all of that information handy BEFORE digging in, would it change your mind?

Or is the “comfort” worth all the problems that lie ahead?

There is no finish line.

It never stops at “once.”

That’s a lie.

Do you REALLY want to drop another $6 on another pack of cigarettes?

Before pulling those bills from your wallet, ask yourself that question.

Do you REALLY want to hold on to that nagging cough?

The difficulty in breathing.

The stained teeth.

The ashtray breath

The clothes that reek of smoke.

The increased risk of heart attacks, strokes and other health issues.

And we PAY for that?

If you had all of that information handy BEFORE purchasing another pack, would it change your mind?

Or is the “relaxation” worth all the problems that lie ahead?

There is no finish line.

It never stops at “once.”

That’s a lie.

Hey, high school students: Do you REALLY want that drink?

Do you REALLY want to fire up a blunt?

Do you REALLY want to have sex?

Even if you knew you would feel horrible the next morning.

Even if you knew it would probably destroy, not help, your relationships with those “friends” of yours.

Even if those actions would take you away from the dreams still in front of you.

Even though you’ve been told over and over that there’s nothing — NOTHING — good that can come from those things.

Would it change your mind the next time you are pressured to give in?

Or is the “good feeling” worth all the problems that lie ahead?

There is no finish line.

It never stops at “once.”

That’s a lie.

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