Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Old Habits Die Hard

What About Habits?

I have a smoker friend name Alan age 43. Very much overweight.

He had a heart attack 4 yrs back and was 'lucky' to get medical attention on time. The medical team done a balloon job on 2 of his arteries. His medical cost was covered by his medical policy and was compensated with the sum covered.

After that he quit smoking for 3 months but got back to his old habits of smoking again. "Old habits die hard". True enough weeks and months went by. Alan went back to his old habits.

He wanted to purchase a medical policy during the 'incubation period' but his Insurance Agent advise him to stop smoking, reduce weight and exercise frequently instead. The agent told him that there is no way his company would accept his policy application due to the fact of his medical history.

The Agent told Alan, "Your kids needs your love, not your money".

He did not bother to the Agent's advise and proceed to live on the old habits.

Last week I had a call from a friend. "Alan is now in Hospital for observation"
"Why?", I asked
"Chest Pain again", murmured my friend.

His old 'attack' returned the second time, but this time with a vengeance. Alan told me that this time the pain was more severe than the last. I told him that he has no choice but to seriously consider quiting the old habits. He ain't gonna be so lucky to survive the next or next attack if it ever occur again.

The morale I get from this real story is that if he is not treasuring his life where he should be then I think he should seriously consider the Agent's advise. In this scenario, Alan is in the Pilot seat to his health condition and he got to make a concrete Will to see himself passing the the age of 60's, 70's or even 80's.

Alan, if you happen to see this post, I hope you will consider your action thoroughly and to think of your 2 wonderful kids and your wife back home waiting for you every single day.

May God Bless You.