Monday, February 28, 2011

A Real Class Act (Part 3)

The first thing he told us was to "Stand up.  Now pick a spot on the wall.  Any spot.  Stay completely focused on that spot and do not take your eyes off of it," he said with a gentle calm voice.    It is here that I do have to tell you though, before I selected my spot, I looked down at my watch.  You see, I was always very time conscientious when I worked.  I had to be.  It was an integral part of my job and therefore it became an integral part of who I was even in my personal life.  I remember seeing seven forty five and thinking that I'd already been in that room for forty five minutes...in Conference Room # 4 with this nut job!

I'm really not sure on how long he went on talking and or of everything that he said.  I do, however, remember certain phrases.  I remember him telling us to sit down.  I remember him telling us to take our right pinkie and point it up in the air.  I remember him telling us that when he counted back down to one to open our eyes.  I remember opening my eyes.  The first thing I did was realize that my eyes were all teary and watery and then, after blinking and actually wiping away a tear or two, I looked down at my watch.  It was close to eight thirty!
Forty five minutes had passed and yet, to me, it was a mere moments.

 I really don't know what happened during that forty five minutes!  It's forty five minutes of my life that I missed, so to speak.  But, what I can tell you is that when I left Conference Room #4 and got out to my daughter's little red Fiero, I thought I was going to puke from the stench of the stale cigarettes when I opened the car door.  What I can also tell you is that on that very chilly November  evening in Connecticut, I drove home with the window down because the smell was so nauseating.  

What I can also tell you is that when I got home, I took the pack of cigarettes out of my purse,  placed a label inside with the date on it and then placed them in one of the kitchen drawers.  What I can also tell you is that I haven't smoked a cigarette since and that this little "funny looking man" turned out to be 
A REAL CLASS ACT in my book.  He was a hypnotist from an organization based out of New York.


The date on that slip of paper, my friends, is "Nov 14."  The year was 1989.
It was the best $19.95 I've ever spent!


P.S.  There's a lesson here:  Don't judge a book by it's cover!

15 comments:

  1. That's an amazing story! Yes, you're right: we shouldn't judge people by the way they look.

    I'm so glad you were able to find "the way" to kick your habit. Congrats!

    Dianna

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  2. Makes for a great story, how you stopped smoking!

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  3. that is wonderful you stopped way back then, a great story and glad you shared it. do you ever wonder if he might have suggested something else that you don't know about? i have trust issues so that is the first thing i thought of, him planting something beside the hate of cigarettes.

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  4. I am just amazed at this story. In a way it is kind of scary....I have always thought I could never be hypnotized, but this makes me wonder.

    Congratulations on stopping. You did yourself and your family a great service. You should be very proud.

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  5. Great ending to a well written story!! You are right...never judge.

    Good post JP!!

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  6. Good to know that some of these programs do work. I've always wondered about them.

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  7. That is awesome. I love it that a) it was affordable. b) it actually delivered! I sure hope that man knows how many lives he's changed for the better (or possibly even saved).

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  8. That's amazing! Now if only I could find that man I would pay him a thousand dollars to get my mom to quit smoking! I would!

    I'm so glad it worked for you! That was the best money you ever spent!

    Have a Great Day!
    Angela

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  9. Wonder if he is still alive and does one for weight loss? Good for you. That was awesome. sandie

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  10. No, mine must have been a different person. I finally had to go the private sector. Whatever it takes. Good for you!

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  11. Wow! That is fantastic! What an interesting experience.

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  12. That was an amaxing story,and congratulations on being smoke free! The money was so well spent. I'm happy you kicked the habit. In answer to your question of a few day's back,I'm not as afraid of the yeast as I was. Thanks so much for the advice you gave me about the water temp,being about what you would bath a baby in. So far is working like a charm! Thanks so much. blessings jane

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  13. JP, I'm so glad you got help from this strange and wonderful man! And look at you now. Happy, healthy and in the hollow.
    the wanna be country girl - Caroline

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  14. You are such a good WRITER! And I'm so glad you managed to stop. Stopping smoking is definitely one of my greatest accomplishments, December 21, 1993, but then I had a few when that Los Angeles earthquake hit on 1/17/94, I think it was. But that's it, no more since then--Inger

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  15. i agree...for under 20 bucks! and it actually worked! i always wondered about that quit smoking class in a room with all those people...i wouldn't have thought it would work! great job!!
    (i felt the same way when i came out of the (one on one) hypnotist...ugh...the smell of ashtrays!)

    anyway, don't usually go wandering around...during the week...but i had to get over here and at least see how this class act turned out! i'm glass he WAS a class act and didn't make you flap your arms and quack like a duck...while 'under'. ha! or maybe he did.... :]laura

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