Fasting is so much easier this year because am not a chain smoker anymore. I had the caffeine withdrawal symptoms the first couple of days but they faded. I just make sure I have a cup of coffee for my suhoor and am fine.
In the past few years I would find it so difficult to be productive on Ramadan mornings. Now I see that most of that was actually nicotine withdrawal. I haven't stopped smoking completely. I had a couple of cigarettes after iftar on the first day. And I do smoke sheesha occasionally. But I am no longer a nicotine addict. I no longer need it everyday. I no longer need it, period. I might still have one because I want to - not because I have to. Which is cool.
At work, we will be having the annual Iftar banquet on Wednesday. A big event that. And an interesting one because most of the people I work with are not Muslim. The event is a PR thing and is mostly for the benefit of the clients. And they're usually great Iftars too. Really nice food. Quran before. Prayer after etc....You'd never believe it isn't organized by Muslims. It's kind of sweet actually how much effort they put into it. I really appreciate it.
Ramadan Kareem everyone!