~~Our fingerprints never fade from the lives we touch. Every life and every death changes the world in its own way.~~ Unknown
So many people here have changed the world in their own way. You've touched lives, helped save lives, and are a source of comfort and strength to so many others!
Because you know. You know the overwhelming fears that come with the thoughts of quitting. You know the sickening sense of failure when a quit doesn't last. And you know the extreme feelings of bewilderment when everyone but you seems to 'get' it. You also know the importance of owning your quit, taking smoking off the table, and honoring your commitment. It is what keeps your quit.
Even more than that...you've seen the deaths that happen when you don't quit. Here. Our friends now gone. The cancers and the emphysema, the COPD, and the heart disease. I miss them, the ones who used to laugh with me and scold me and tell me that I could do it. They left fingerprints, too.
When you come to a site like this, you open yourself up to all these people who have touched lives. When you blog, when you share, and when you speak, so many are willing to listen, to advise, to support. Because they care. Now sometimes you aren't going to like what they have to say, but that doesn't make it any less true. Sometimes you are going to read into a response something that wasn't meant to begin with. The phrase "take what you want and leave the rest" means just that. When you leave your fingerprints on the lives of those you touch, its your responsibility to decide what kind of impact you make. It can be helpful, kind, and wise or it can be ugly, mean, and close minded. The choice is yours
ps. Love to you, Nancy!! And the marvelous Jackie, too!!