Have you ever noticed that you change when you quit smoking? You feel stronger, you feel happier, and everything becomes just a bit better. Well, I do anyhow. This time I changed before I quit smoking. I learned to like me more, I learned that I can cope with hard times, and I believed I was worth the effort of living a healthier life.
It's easier to be supportive of others than to support and encourage yourself. First because I believe that we all truly want others to succeed. But I also believe by focusing on others, we don't have to fix or heal ourselves. We put ourselves last because it sometimes hurts to see what kind of state we are in. Or because we don't want to put ourselves first.
I have been teaching adults diagnosed with mental illness for almost two years now. I teach them coping skills, I teach them to love themselves. They are a remarkable group!! But in teaching them, I also learned and was able to quit and not look back. I quit and found that I can face emotions, challenges, and heartache without ever thinking of smoking my way through it.
I wanted to share something I found that reflected who I am today:
"I am enough. I am full of sparkle and compassion. I genuinely want to make the world a better place. I love hard. I practice kindness. I am not afraid of the truth. I am loyal, adventuerous, supportive, and surprising. I am a woman. I am enough. I make mistakes but I own them and learn from them. Sometimes I make a lot of mistakes." Molly Mahar
Enjoy who you are and know that you can get through life without smoking. Happy Tuesday!!