Saturday, January 10, 2009

How To Stop Smoking And Gain An Accomplishment In Three Short Days

Father Gerry's method of quitting the weed is so good I almost wish that I still smoked so I could give it a go. So for those of you who tried and failed to stop smoking this New Year why not try the McAteer Plan? Prayer (even to St Jude) is not necessary but you will need to clear your dairy for three days. And you'll need to buy a tin whistle.

So here it is - the McAteer three day plan for giving up smoking. Father Gerry knew he had to do two things to successfully ditch the habit. These were - shorten the day and keep the hands busy. The first part wasn't too hard as he was a self-confessed lover of the scratcher, the second part was where the tin whistle came in.

  • Day 1: Father McAteer stayed in bed until one o'clock in the afternoon and went to bed at teatime*. During the short time he was out of bed he set about learning to play the tin whistle.
  • Day 2: He got up at dinnertime** and didn't put the whistle down for a minute until he went to bed at eight that evening.
  • Day 3: He rose at midday and played the whistle until his usual bedtime.

On the fourth day Father Gerry woke up a non-smoker and an accomplished tin whistle player.

It must be noted that Father McAteer was still a layman in those days. He was his own boss and could arrange the day whatever way he chose. Still, give him kudos, it was quite an achievement.

But what, you might ask, if you want to try the McAteer Plan and you already are an excellent whistle player? Well you could try the bagpipes or the banjo or if you have cranky neighbours living close by you could take up crocheting or needlepoint. Where there's a will there's a way!

The McAteer Plan is taken from Better Late Than Never... Memoirs of Father Gerard McAteer, who was ordained to the priesthood in 1983 at the age of sixty-five.

*Teatime - around six in the evening
**Dinnertime - Between midday and one a.m.


ganching said...

Excellent advice from Fr McAteer. I wonder if it works for chocolate addiction.

Nelly said...

I don't think so. Chocolate addiction is a whole different area again. There is no cure.

sageweb said...

That is great advice, now I need to figure out how to start eating healthy...oh maybe next week I will start.

Ronni said...

If I hadn't already quit (my advice: start a blog), and if I had a dairy, I'd try it.

evilganome said...

I wonder if I can get my employer to agree to this. It sounds like a good plan to me and it would get me out of the office.

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Nelly said...

You'd certainly want to be out of the office if you were learning the tin whistle. I thought I was going to go insane when Bert was starting on it.

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Daniel said...

your whistling plan for stop smoking
may be a path finder for the die-hard smokers.

Nelly said...

I'm sure it'd work as least as well as the cure promoted in the previous post. And whistles are cheap!