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The Good Stuff

Posted by JACKIE1-25-15 Sep 13, 2019

 I have a few excerpts of wisdom and information from some articulate masterful bloggers that I would love to share. I believe new and old members can benefit from it. I am hoping that you take the time to review what I have here and/or go through the archives on your own.  There is an abundance of wealth in information, wisdom, inspiration, and encouragement on this site to help on your journey to freedom.  Some of these writers have gotten me through some of my toughest, hardest, emotional, need some love times with words of kindness, encouragement, and direction.  I just want to share a few.  I enjoy reading it and I feel it deserves to be shared. We are blessed.  Just a few...More to come.   


I thought it was my best friend - turned out it was a wolf in sheep's clothing! I thought I loved that come hither smell - turned out that it was stinkin thinkin! I thought I loved that ahhhh taste - turned out I was consuming arsenic - literally! I thought I was relaxing and relieving stress - turned out I was stealing life from myself like Dorian Grey!  I thought I was staying in shape by not being overweight - turned out I was killing myself from the inside out with every puff! I thought I was getting high on dopamine - turned out that I wasn't getting high on LIFE! Oh that wonderful fabulous smoky life before I quit! NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thomas3.20.2010  is our own online COPD EXpert.  Go to his content and read his blogs.  They will help 


Smoking is not just a bad habit, it’s an addiction. The only way to control “it” is to not feed it until it becomes dormant. The only way for it to stay dormant is to never have another one again to be guaranteed 100% of no relapse.

I call it Adulting 101. Tell yourself “No” or “NOPE” out loud. Don’t give yourself permission for the first one. You know what it will lead to so don’t do it. Quitting again does not necessarily get easier with addictions because its the previous permission(s) you gave yourself that can make it harder to say no to yourself again. It’s up to you to parent yourself. Tell yourself no and mean it.

Ladybug--7-3-12 Infamous Wisdom


 Every day, you get up and make the same choice---today, I choose not to smoke.

You need to put down the lights as well as the "full bodied" cigarettes---put them all down

You need to put them down and never pick them up again RIGHT NOW---don't wait for a "no stress" optimal period----it doesn't exist.

No Games---just No Smoking

Sootie,  (11-15-9)  her claim to fame...toughness. No bars holding. lol.  Read her content.



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 Never give up you can do this 


So always believe in yourself. Always believe in your ability to win. Never run from your addiction but rather embrace it. Learn it. Know it. Keep it close so it can do you no harm. Never question your ability to succeed in your quest for freedom!

Chuck_Quit_2-20-2011  Takes me to church every time. 

It has to start somewhere . . . 



Never Forget

Posted by JACKIE1-25-15 Sep 11, 2019

On the night before 18 years ago, 246 people went to sleep in preparation for their morning flights. 2,606 people went to sleep in preparation for work in the morning. 343 firefighters went to sleep in preparation for their morning shift. 60 police officers went to sleep in preparation for morning patrol. 8 paramedics went to sleep in preparation for the morning shift of saving lives. None of them saw past 10:00 am Sept 11, 2001. In one single moment life may never be the same. This morning as you prepare for your day, never forget to kiss the ones you love, snuggle a little tighter, and never take one second of your life for granted.

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"The Good Stuff"

Posted by JACKIE1-25-15 Sep 6, 2019

I am fortunate to have become an EX.  Along with that comes a very wise support system which I had never experienced until coming here.  Now I am honored to be one of them an EXer...elder.  I acknowledge the help, support, friendship, and love that I am given by my peers even when I am not perfect. This has been a magnificent journey of freedom for me.  I love chronicling there words of wisdom that will be with me forever and today would love to share a few excerpts with more to come of the wisdom that has been the foundation of my successful 1685 days of freedom. Their wisdom helped me to develop a solid quit.  Hopefully, you can take some of it that can be helpful to you. 

 Barbara145 (My Mentor)

You are never too old to quit smoking. I love my new life and the new me. If I can quit smoking, you can quit smoking.  I promised myself no matter what I wanted, no matter what I was feeling a cigarette would never again be the solution.  It is tough especially for the first 3 or 4 months and it is a journey.   

Dancingthrulife_6.4.13 -.aka Sheri

 The secret to quitting, I decided, was never to smoke again.  Ever. Close the door on it totally and forever. 

Not just "I hope", but not to open that door ever again.  So all I had to do was not to smoke.  And I decided I could do that.  I didn't try to figure out the rest of my life, I didn't cement my plan into stone, I didn't even announce to anyone I was quitting.  I quietly shut the door and refused to open it ever again.

freeneasy  aka Jim


"Banish the thoughts of "struggle" and replace them with pride of conquest." When you learn about quitting and nicotine addiction, you'll build confidence. You may even be more afraid of continuing to smoke than quitting." "I like to call them "smoking thoughts" rather than craves." 

Truth Yup,  " I lost my quit" Translation: " I decided to smoke.""Once an addict always an addict. S.I.N.A.O.""A crave won't hurt you,  smoking will.""No luck necessary. You're the boss of your quit"

Humor"Don't fear the snake. It only will bite if you allow it to.  Craves are like snakes..." 

"I didn't smoke today but didn't vacuum either. I don't plan on smoking but plan on vacuuming a couple of times a year whether the place needs it or not."

"Time is like a roll of toilet paper. It goes more quickly towards the end."

froguelady_quit_3-16-11 – RIP

 I will not smoke for today and that is how we become nonsmokers, one day at a time. Take care of you first. NOPE counts for No in some cases

Giulia - "G"

 Each time you do something as a nonsmoker that you have never done before you just get stronger "When nothing is certain - EVERYTHING is possible!"  And depending upon how you view that statement, the possibilities for good things happening are limitless.

jonescarp.aka.dale.Jan_2007 aka Dale

 Nothing will do it for you except a decision and your willingness. As we get older it becomes "I can't do that anymore. Keep them away from your face!    
If you have quit smoking and continue to smoke you are doing it wrong.

 smorgy8513 RIP 

I am an addict.   If I smoke even a drag I will open myself up to being back to a pack a day. I must guard my quit.  One way I do this is to come here every day, make my pledge and read blog listen.  This is how I've done it for all these days.....make a promise and KEEP IT!

Youngatheart.7.4.12 Gives the Facts of Life

Isn't it better to be an ex-smoker who thinks of a cigarette every once in awhile than a smoker who thinks about quitting ALL the time?

From our New  Elders

@AnnetteMM  aka "Amazing Annette"

I think that fighting addiction doesn't work long term because it's exhausting. Instead, the acceptance of it, owning it as part of who we are, is key to a forever quit. So when that weirdness descends I can let it in and let it bounce around in my head for a minute until I get to the eventual knowing that it's stupid and self-defeating and I don't do that anymore.


Daniela-3-11-2016 aka "Miss Positive"

We love our peers, we are all one, we belong together.

Not as former smokers, but as human beings.

We crave the love dispensed here unconditionally.

And we crave sharing that love.

I do, I am here because I am loved, and I am here because I want to give love, to newbies, to friends I made here, to complete strangers who are willing to take it.

And even if I don't understand  some of the references to past social behaviors, or food, or cars, or kid's games, I still feel I belong.  Because I learn it, I ask questions and someone will answer me.

And I am grateful for being here in this loving environment.


Yours truly,


 Education is the key to a successful quit. Never give up, Never give in, Hang tough, Stay close, Protect your quit it is your own. No matter what NOPE, Not One Puff Ever, smoking is not an option SINAO. 



To learn more about our elders and their infinite wisdom use the tag  @a wise elder once told   to search blogs or go to my content and type a wise elder

The original blog  Voices in My Head




                                                                               ...More to come 

To those who have recently quit or set a quit date. Welcome.  I pray that you do not give up because there is so much more to gain than you could ever imagine that vaping or smoking could/will never give. I promise if you never give up you will gain peace.  It was easier for me to explain in a blog I wrote 149 days into my quit.  It was more vivid then. Time has passed.  I believe I have become accustomed to this wonderful peace.  Others talk about it too.  Use the magnifying glass top right corner and type in the keyword peace.  Read what is to come if you never give up. It will amaze you what being quit can do other than just the health aspect.   Just thinking about it gives me a confident joy that I will never allow smoking to ever take away from me.  

  It may be rough in the beginning but as time passes you become stronger with the ability to maneuver through those rough places no matter what is happening in your life if you never give up.  I constantly told myself that.  Never give up, Never give in. Hang tough, the best is yet to come.  Over and over again, "no matter what" I would say to myself as I would go through. 

No matter how hard it may seem at times, it is worth every crave, every urge, every withdrawal, every emotion whatever it takes to do it.

  Why?  There will be a quiet, calm peace, with more inner love for yourself that smoking took away.   So ride the waves of the storm but know it will not last forever. Quiet after the storm

There is pure true peace in the valley of nonsmoking.  It is filled with so much joy and happiness.  Something a cigarette can never give  Give yourself a chance there are so many other things that are more satisfying than smoking.  I am just so elated that I no longer have to smoke to try and fill a void that could never be filled with a cigarette

 Find the things that you like that will lead to your peace. Is it music, books, exercise, yoga, walking, jogging, movies, travel, family, gardening, crafts, helping others?   Hold on Never give up, Never give in, the best is yet to come.  One of them is Peace.