~~The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours. It is an amazing journey and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.~~ Unknown
We should all know this, right? Our lives are our own. But when you allow addiction to dictate your days...your minutes...your world, your life is definitely not your own. You know those times....you watch the clock during a meeting, waiting to slip outside to smoke, you chose a restaurant that has a nice outside smoking area, you make a detour to the gas station to grab an extra pack before you go home.
You know what? There will come a day when you won't ask what to do to get through a crave. There will come a time when you find yourself truly enjoying your smoke free day. There will come a moment when it really, truly hits you that you haven't throught about smoking in an hour....a day.....a month.
And then you begin to understand that your life is truly your own. You realize you can do things you never thought you were capable of. And then life starts looking beautiful. You notice it. The colors....the aromas....the wonder. And you may love to hop out of bed in the mornings. You may dance down aisle 8 at Wal Mart. You may smile at strangers. You may leave random acts of kindness in your wake.
Because quitting smoking is the gift you give yourself that changes everything. It means your health, your time, your money, your world....quitting is life changing. And it feels so very good. So very powerful. So very miraculous.
And, best of all, you come to realize that you deserve it! You are a magnificent human being and you deserve all the good, all the wonder, all the glory of life. Not because I tell you that you deserve it but because you know it in your heart.
And it all starts with your decision to quit....and it grows with your commitment to your quit....and it maintains with your freedom from this addiction. Yes, your life is your own. Take good care of that life.