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Mind Your Butts: Addiction And Accountability

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Mind Your Butts: Addiction And Accountability

This is a spaghetti jar full of cigarette butts that I collected this morning from the sidewalks, parking spots, and driveways of my little neighborhood. It was a catalytic mix of emotions that called me to do this — mostly sadness, frustration, and anger. (And at the time, I hadn’t yet begun to feel the heat from all of those squats.) To be honest, my first impulse was to use this space to rant and rave about it, about the fact that a layer of smokers’ confetti has settled over my community. Rage was my second and third and fourth impulse, too, but I’ve been studying me and my impulse to fly off the handle long enough to know that nothing good ever comes from that space.

Interestingly, I can tell you that the piece I almost wrote would have been a huge hit. It would have been scathing enough to activate the rage that simmers in the Care2 readers who share my frustration about the way we are treating this planet. It would have been funny enough to distract those like-minded readers from the fact that they’d been betrayed by my call to hysteria. It would have had a confrontational title, which, sadly, would have made it very clickable.

Those readers who already agree that nicotine litter sucks would have been energized enough (by my bitter validation) to share it far and wide, hoping to rally more of “us” and shame “them” into acting “right.” But before I could cash in on my little rage fest, I got this gentle little reality check from one of my teachers:

“Please, consider that when we do good with a heart in judgment or blame, then we are canceling out the good we have done. Dig deep and release the blame, do what you do in praise of your Creator and gratitude for your life; let the act be pure for the sake of us all.” – Carrie Hanlin Churchill

I’ll be honest, it stung a bit. Sure, I’m on this “spiritual path,” and sure, I am committed to my evolution as a teacher and healer. But there is a wounded little girl in me that wanted it to be appropriate to rage against the “others” whose pollution of my beloved planet she can’t stop. She/I feel powerless. When I announced my intention to give “them” a piece of my mind, Carrie invited me to allow that surge to recede into something far more powerful and useful.

What if I could say what needs to be said from a place of love and oneness instead?

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8:22AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Yes, many people toss anything they can onto the ground be it butts, sofas, even saw a recycling box tossed into the local swamp along with tires, garbage bags, an old basket ball stand to name but a few.

There are often times when there is a large butt container provided for people to put them into but one often sees the butts tossed nearby as some can't be bothered to walk a few feet to get to it. Sometimes smokers are right beside the container and some will still toss the butt onto the ground.

One comment stated that:

"Its people like you that have made smokers into modern day lepers and relegated them to the fringes of society - literally."

Smoking is detrimental to all parties involved and while many do put their butts in the container provided many just can't be bothered.

4:13PM PDT on Jul 10, 2012

I am a smoker and it always saddens me to see what other smokers do. When I was a teen I would just throw my butt anywhere. I can't remember when or why it hit me that doing so was equal to my pet hate of people leaving drink and food wrappings on the ground. I began to carry a small bottle to keep my butts in when I have no access to a rubbish bin. I am always hopeful that eventually other smokers will cotton on to the idea of it is our choice to pollute our body but it is not ok to pollute the environment with our butts. I also hope that when other smokers see me put my butt in a bin or in my bottle it will begin to sink in to be conscious and aware of their disposal behaviour.

12:01PM PDT on Jun 16, 2012


3:40PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

Filter tips are not biodegradable. Yes, trash is trash, I have to put out signs on the dock and noticeable areas of my lakefront place when I end up picking up trash in flower pots, flower beds , the driveway and other unnoticeable areas. DESPITE this, I still pick up cigarette butts, ashtrays left outside filthy with caked on ashes, empty water bottles and soda cans and other discards. I do expect better co-operation and for guests to show some respect. This is a private property, how much more irresponsably discarded trash, butts included litter the rest of the world?

Yes, the heart should not be judging when one is trying to do good, this is a betrayal of the heart center, the seat of the soul.
We all need to show respect by being careful with how we discard our personal trash-if we start this way of life at home, we will treat the outside world with respect . Wishful thinking?
Thank you for the article- good way to vent.

12:33AM PDT on Jun 13, 2012


9:17AM PDT on Jun 9, 2012


8:45AM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

Thanks for picking up the butts.

7:31AM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

What's worse than cigarette filters is chewing gum. You can't pick it up, it makes permanent stains on concrete/stone, it's not biodegradable.

8:44PM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

Unfortunately, I too am white. We whites have the amazing ability to take a sacred herb and turn it into a thing of evil.
Real tobacco is not addictive. Only the over processed, over farmed forms of this are nicotine enhanced. Red man has smoked it for centuries, and never heard of cancer or emphysema.
American Spirit tobacco is a joke on us whites, Indians won't smoke that crap. At least not if they can get the real res stuff.

12:49PM PDT on Jun 1, 2012

good idea

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