This is a big, bold, and “bad to the bone “statement. It is so powerful. It can take you the distance on your quit journey. There is no, if, and, but, or in between. It says what it means and it means what is says. It says that no matter how bad my day is I will not smoke. Even if my home burns down, it means I will not smoke. If I lose my job or someone I love becomes terminally ill I still will not take that one puff. NOPE! It says. if I have death or divorce in my family smoking is not an option. SINAO
Why? Because smoking will not, cannot, fix or change ANYTHING.
When I quit smoking I knew that my main trigger was Anger with a capital “A”. Whew, just thinking about it makes me want to exhale. However, on this forever quit, I had made up my mind that no matter, how angry I got I was not going to smoke. What was I going to do? I wasn’t quite sure because I was learning but I had a few things on a list of what to do.
So it happened. In fact, several times since I quit. How did I react? First of all, the list flew out of the window. I raised my voice, hollered, screamed, slammed doors and cabinets, paced back and forth with steam coming out of my ears. Finally, almost in tears I went outdoors, sat on the porch to get some air and breathe. A quick thought raced through my head as I looked down the street in the direction to the neighborhood convenience store. “This is the point where you would go and buy the smokes”. What did I tell my addiction, oh no, no matter what I am not going to smoke. Breathe Jackie just breathe. I calmed down, came to the site and blogged. Now when I get angry I have a way to handle it. Fresh air, breathe deep, calm down and blog. Wow, I just had an aah ha moment while writing this blog. Oh my goodness, who would have thought?
“ QUITTING smoking has helped me learn ways to handle anger”.
Bottom line no matter what is going on in your life, if you make up your mind that you won’t smoke you will learn to handle life just like a nonsmoker : ) . End of Story.
Have a smoke free day. I love you. God bless.