~~Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is that quiet voice at the end of the day that says, "I will try again tomorrow.~~ Mary Ann Radmacher
Not everyone sees themselves a warrior, bravely stomping their way through their quit. In fact, in quitting you can feel quite weak. But if you are feeling weak and still not smoking, well, that's courage! If you feel like you want to curl up in a ball and sob your way through your day and you're still not smoking, you are that warrior!
You don't have to be a giant like Goliath or a superhero like Batman or even a general like Patton to quit smoking. Quitting isn't just for the larger than life. In fact, most of us have had our sob our eyes out, eat all of Aisle 8 at Wal-Mart, feel like giving up moments. And we dodged a bullet, squeaked by, and limped our way through those moments never realizing how much courage, fortitude, and strength it took to just live through those moments!
Because it is when we feel our weakest where true strength lies. And I think we should acknowledge that strength and celebrate that courage because it shows how very much we love ourselves. Enough to go through hell. Enough to skate around murkiness. Enough to quit smoking no matter what!
So if you have struggled during your quit, pat yourself on the back....you made it through!! If you cried, now cry in gratitude...you made it through! If you ate every Twinkie in Piggly Wiggly, loosen your belt....you made it through!!
The human spirit is made of strength, courage, and wisdom. Treat yourself like the treasure you are and don't be ashamed of feelings of weakness. You are doing beautifully if you are not smoking Celebrate you!!