“As long as the kitchen is smoking.”
“As long as there’s smoke from the kitchen (fireplace).” ?
“As long as the hearth is burning.”
… which is a way of saying, among other things, the important thing is that the important things keep happening… or that you’ve got to do what it takes to keep things going.
Do what it takes, and do a little every day. Just a step – enough progress that you don’t stop progressing. Keep the fire lit.
Never quit smoking.**
*more correctly – but less idiomatically – spelt ‘ngepul’
**But don’t burn the place down