As three mighty gods walked together on the strand, they found two trees and lifted them, and shaped them into humans. Odin breathed into them life and spirit, Hœnir gave them sense and sensation, and Loki gave them warmth and good hue. They then provided them with clothing and named them: the man was named Askr, and the woman was named Embla, and from them sprang the race of humans who dwell within Midgard.
– Norse creation story, taken from Gylfaginning and Voluspa
On this day, nine years ago, I began to follow through with my decision to stop abusing the breath of life given by Odin – I decided to stop smoking. It was not the first time I tried to quit; but I was determined to make it the last time. Thus far, it has been just that; and I am thankful to have had what I consider a second chance at enjoying and honoring the life I was granted.