I do hope this day finds you not only smoke free but also happy about the fact that you are! After all, that's why we're here. To take what could be a bad situation and try to turn it into something positive which is the true reality. After all, by quitting, we're not losing a thing. We only gain in quality of life as well as a sense of taking our lives back.
For those who don't know me, I quit two plus years ago and never really looked back. One thing that comes to mind for me was before I quit smoking, I would always stand on our deck and puff away as I stared intently into those mountains, never realizing that the only reason I did it was to justify my ability to continue on with my addiction.
I often wondered if I would still be so interested in those mountains after I quit or would I just hole up in my room and forget all that I enjoyed with those cigarettes. Would I continue to enjoy life? Would I continue to get outside? These were questions that my addicted mind posed to me as I tried to convince myself not to follow through with my quit.
The addict within will try all kinds of deceptions in order to keep the addiction alive. Though the addiction feels like it has a life of it's own, the reality is that the only life it really has is the life that we give it. This is the part of quitting that can effect us the most negatively. We must learn to no longer provide our addictions reasons to continue smoking. We must instead look to that new life that awaits us. We must look past the current discomforts to the wonderful life of our futures.
Because I can tell you that it's out there! How do I know? Because I'm living that future that I created a bit over two years ago. I'm living the fruits of my past commitment and you know what? I'd never have it any other way!
So go for it my friends! Ride that horse out of your addiction into the land of freedom that awaits you! It's a journey like no other and because of the freedom that awaits you, it's the best journey you could ever embark on!
On another note. I mentioned looking at those mountains in the beginning of this blog and you know what? Not a lot that I loved of my life has really changed since I quit smoking. In fact, the beauty of those mountains is more incredible then I ever would have believed for you see, I now actually see those mountains! I actually embrace the beauty that towers before me and when I do that it makes me realize just how small so many of our problems really are. . .