~~Let today be the day you learn the grace of letting go and the power of moving on.~~ Unknown
For the past year or so, my life has moved in a lovely, flowing pattern that I created for myself and my 14 year old. I worked hard to make a life for us that we both eanjoyed. Then my daughter moved back in with my two grandchildren. Love them to pieces, of course, but my lovely, flowing pattern morphed into a rocky, uphill path with daily howls, pitfalls, and roadblocks. Merging two households isn't easy in itself but merging personalities...age gaps...as well as responsibilities to my son as well as my grandchildren and my adult daughter was difficult for me. Things needed to change. I needed to change.
I needed to let go of my old....but sweet....life and move on with the new. So I did. I got a second job to assist with finances, I bought a new car so I didn't worry about breaking down with grandchildren waiting, and I accepted that life changes whether I was ready for those changes or not.
Quitting is kinda like that, don't you think? You have to let go of your smoking ways....the thoughts about how it relaxed you (no, it didn't really but still I know you think it did).....the quiet times on your back porch with cigarette in hand....all the moments that you needed a cigarette. Let them go and your quit will move on without the daily battles with yourself. The power of moving on? Well, your life really changes when you quit smoking, you know. You have much more time on your hands. You slowly start to feel better....much better. You develop new talents and brush up on long forgotten skills. You may decide to get healthy by eating better, being physically active.
I guess through the changes in my own life, I want you to know that you can not only quit smoking but you can do it with grace, with courage, and with the knowledge that in letting go you find the power to move on. The beauty in life is to be able to see it and to feel it and to live it. You can't do that with an addiction as it clouds your world into what it wants you to see.
My life now is again that easy flowing path of peace and contentment...because that's what I choose for me. You can have whatever path you desire as well. There truly is power in moving on. May you find peace and contentment in your journey.