~~Our ability to grow is directly proportional to our ability to entertain the uncomfortable.~~ Unknown
And that is what quitting is, really. Uncomfortable. We not only quit the physical actions of smoking, we have to pick a quit date, we have to learn our triggers, we have to find other things to do instead of smoking.....it is an uncomfortable process.
And we don't like to feel discomfort. We don't like our routines interrupted. We don't like to have to change things. Because, in part, we live on automatic for so long. We don't have to think about what we are doing because it's so routine we can do it on auto pilot. So when we have to think about what we're doing, it's different. When we have to think about what we're feeling, its uncomfortable. When we have to think about how to act/react/respond/behave, it's difficult.
And so we stay in our zone. We smoke, we live in routine, we continue with the same old behaviors. We don't have to think about that. So we ignore the warnings. We ignore the signs that what we are doing is killing us. We ignore the pleas of our loved ones to quit. Better the devil you know that the one you don't know, right?
Entertaining the uncomfortable is really our saving grace. Because outside our comfort zone is life!! You can make it anything you want it to be. You can create your life, one smoke free moment at a time. Focus on that rather than on missing that comfort zone. Look ahead, find the positives, feel the release from addiction!!
Live thoughtfully, live mindfully, live fully. Everything you want is one step out of your comfort zone. So entertain the uncomfortable. I read somewhere that change isn't painful, the resistence to change is what's painful. Makes sense to me. Quit resisting...it's painful! Just move towards change.
Have a lovely day, all!! Sheri