WAVES & EMOTIONS…Time to get serious about this, Because it IS a life or death situation.
Waves and Emotions have a lot in common.
If you have ever sat on a beach and looked out at any given time during the day…the waves are present. Perhaps ever so slightly at times, yet other times they can surprise you and roll in very fast.
Emotions are much like waves. One second you may feel very strong and sure of yourself and out of nowhere a sudden impact hits you out of nowhere. It may catch you off balance.
Perhaps you have noticed in your quit journey some ‘waves’ rolling through yourself. Perhaps you didn’t see it coming and a rip currant pulled you so far under that it was hard to get your head out of the water. Some people die this way….
THEY DON'T HAVE TO DIE THAT WAY BUT THEY NEGLECT THE SIGNS
Good swimmers ( and I am NOT one…..) know what to do when the waters change. They take precautions . Perhaps they recognize the signs…the weather is inconsistent therefore they understand the water may toss up some rip currants or white caps… They are sensitive to the signs.
They read the beach warning signs. They STOP. They RECOGNIZE they ADJUST….OR they plain just decide to NOT swim. Duh!
Are we sensitive enough with the signs our quit journey to notice when to seek shelter? When to ask for help? When to research for more information? Or do you wait until it is too late?
Life is going to happen. Smoking or not. People who have never smoked manage the signals without smoking. Perhaps their other vises are not what we would do......
BUT THEY DON'T SMOKE
SO WHAT WILL YOU DO NOW?
Personally I will get out of the water. Take the good with the bad and realize smoking won’t change any situation. It will just push me back to day ONE. This is no game. This is the rest of your life. Get serious about your quit and quit playing Russian roulette with it….because I promise….you will not win. That undertow will get you and there will come a time that there IS no coming back.
So yes, I am staying out of the water for now., watching the weather, not taking risky chances….I will ask for help when I need it no matter what area of life is troubling me. I am not just taking information in, I am applying it to my life and working my quit. I realize what hubby and I went through today could have made me reach for a smoke ( or go swim in a riptide)…but I recognized it. I blogged it and talked about it with folks here who have been there done that.
THAT IS HOW THIS SITE HELPS ME ~ GIVES TO ME
Emotions and Waves….yep…..They won’t define this person. I will STOP-RECOGNIZE-ADJUST
I hope you do too. We are ALL worth the effort, the love and the time when we quit trying to fool ourselves that we can swim through anything and truly begin to address the Waves and work our quits.
I have much yet to learn, but hey, I have not smoked for almost 5 years……I must be doing something right, eh?
I RECOGNIZE I need sleep.
PS~I have learned much from my Elders and continue to...... Daily.