~~Today is the day! Live your life with abandon, be good to yourself, create happiness, be courageous and wild at heart, make friends wherever you go, believe in your own power, strength, and fortitude, take chances and be spontaneous, inspire someone, be brave. This is your life.....make it beautiful.~~ unknown
Life has a way of pointing you in the right direction, no matter how many times you may get turned around. Happens to me all the time and sooner or later, I admit to being....stubborn, mistaken, air-headed, bull-headed....and do what I was put on earth here to do.
I got to speak to a smoking cessation class last week. What a marvelous bunch of people!! Some will quit, some are being...stubborn, mistaken, etc....and some even know they are dying but will not put them down. Their choice, of course. Then I met up with a mother whom I have known for about 15 years. She is still smoking but has tried to quit for years. She says that the stresses in her life don't make for a good environment to quit. She says she doesn't think of herself, she thinks of others and puts her needs, wants, and hopes last. We talked for a bit, I encouraged, I pointed out how she was just as important as her children, husband, grandchildren....but it's up to her to decide to quit.
I came back here because I realize that no matter how much I want to do other things, quitting smoking is still the best thing I did for me. I am grateful each and every day that I quit. And that it matters to me that every person get the encouragement, support, and knowledge they need to quit. Some won't, I know. But that knowledge is planted, those ideas of taking good care of one's self is now there, and the hope that maybe they, too, can quit is kept alive.
My part in this remains quite small. Just a faceless voice here saying that you can quit. That you deserve such a better life than one filled with smoke and nicotine and addiction. That you matter to much to the world for me to not say something like "I care", "You can do this", "You are so much more than a cigarette". But my part, added with all the other voices, is strong. Strong enough to bring light to those living in darkness. Strong enough to not back down when battling addiction or big tobacco or negative energy.
You can quit. And your quit can be as beautiful, as lovely, and as stunning as you are. It can be filled with kindness, gentleness, and hope. It can be anything you make it to be because you have that power. Be good to yourself always. Be good to yourself first. Then you can take on the world :)