Good morning EXer’s!
I hope all is well with you. Me? Still enjoying the future that I created for myself seemingly long ago. It’s wonderful to feel freedom. To feel peace. To understand that the endless nagging of our minds really does end. To know from experience that what I thought would be my future really is that!
It all started when I had a dream of freedom. A dream that quickly became a burning desire within me. Don’t get me wrong. It took some time to develop that desire to the point that there could be no other answer. That’s why preparation is so key to quitting. But over the course of a couple of months after I’d really decided to quit, the desire to be free became stronger and stronger within my being until the day that I put out that last cigarette.
Of course like you, my first days of freedom didn’t seem like freedom at all. It seemed more like a roller coaster of emotions and endless conflicting thoughts. Like you, I found confusion at first but I never lost sight of my quest for freedom because I ended up caring more about my future than I did about the strange world I was now in.
It really is hard at first. I know and so do so many others who found their way to the other end of this mess that we got ourselves into. We became enslaved by false signals sent to our brains. Signals of pleasure. Signals of false peace. Signals that are quite real and yet totally wrong!
No wonder we’re confused at first. But in the end, I found a way to embrace the freedom that I so desperately wanted. We can embrace a future where we might have a chance to live it with a bit more quality of life. Was I worried that I’d already done damage to myself? Of course I was! But that didn’t matter. What mattered most was that I didn’t do any more damage to myself.
In the end, it was the happiest decision I ever made. And I do mean happiest for you see that’s what’s waiting for you in your future. A feeling of accomplishment like no other, and the peace! It’s amazing after that crazy voice inside of our heads shuts up. And it does shut up! It does learn that we don’t smoke anymore. That endless argument does end!
Slam that door on your addiction. Look to the door that you want to open. There’s a light coming through the crack under that door. It’s the light of freedom. The moment we put out that last cigarette, the crack appears. We need to look to the door of freedom and not that wall of addiction that we’ve stared at for far to long.
We’re better than that! I think we all come here to beat a monster of an addiction because we love life. Because we found a way through the lies of this addiction and decided that we wanted to be free!
The decisions we make today will determine the future that we live tomorrow. Embrace your decision to quit. Keep looking ahead to the freedom you’re creating right now and before long, you’ll be on the other side of this addiction and I have to tell you, the peace in the end is amazing!
ONWARD TO FREEDOM!!!