There is an old African proverb:“It takes a village to raise a child.”All of us are relearning life without this gross addiction.We learn, and we teach each other how to stay free.Some need knowledge, some need love, some need a good ear to listen, and some need a good swift kick in the butt.We all are walking down the same pathway of freedom.
Protect your quit as if you were protecting your life, and consider yourself part of this village!
I woke up this morning feeling very strange and guilty. When I came to my senses from what I felt a deep sleep, I realized that I had opened my eyes up from having a smoking dream.There I was in my dream, smoking a cancer stick.I could not even remember the entire dream.The only memories left in my mind was of me leaning on a wooden railing, standing on a wooden boardwalk and staring out across a huge body of water.
Water is a huge stress reliever for me.Whether it be in a shower, bathtub, watching the rain fall, kayaking, lakes, rivers, the ocean, no matter what, water calms me down to such an inner feeling of peace.
Now, where am I going with this whole story?Yes, the power of nicotine addiction.
I have been under a tremendous amount of stress lately.I had one smoking dream in the early part of my quit.I was in a kayak and the water was polluted all around.There was a pack of cigarettes unopened in my pocket, and that’s all I recall of that dream.Yes, it had to do with water too.
Now, this day I am at 975 days smokefree, and I awakened from a smoking dream???Today I experienced the power of my addiction to cancer sticks, but once again.Was this addiction trying to infiltrate a strong stress reliever for me, that being water?
I hope you all have a blessed, smokefree day.I have some stress to address, and I am doing it smokefree, so walk with me, please!
It’s early in the morning, and I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.I also wanted to tell you what I reminded myself of last night.I got to thinking about how blessed I was to have a warm bed to sleep in, a roof over my head, and food to eat.Three necessities we tend to take for granted.I was watching the news about a woman in New York who did not have those three things.
I guess what I am trying to say is life is hard.Holidays are always harder for some of us, but not as many less as you may think.We know stress is a major reason for wanting to allow that addict to come out of us, but if for nothing else, think about some simple little thing in your life that you have been blessed with, and if you can’t think of anything, think about how you saved a life today, your own, because you just don’t do that anymore.
Love to my Ex-family, and thank you for helping me attain my quit, thank you for being here for me when I am needing a friend!Gentle ((((hug)))) this day to each of you.
You may be saying, "This has nothing to do with smoking!" If you think about it, everything has to do with smoking when you are a nicotine addict. Take what you want, and leave the rest, but enjoy it anyway...
COMES THE DAWN
After awhile, you learn the subtle difference
between holding a hand and chaining a soul
and you learn that love doesn't mean possession
and company doesn't mean security.
And you begin to learn that kisses aren't contracts
And presents aren't promises
and you begin to accept your defeats with your head up
and your eyes ahead
with the grace of an adult, not the grief of a child.
And you learn to build your roads today,
because tomorrow's ground is too uncertain for plans
and futures have ways of falling down in mid-flight.
After awhile you learn that even sunshine
burns if you get too much,
so you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul
instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.