I can't say what day it happened. Yet I know that there WAS a point where the war between I want a cigarette( IWC) and I don't want a cigarette (IDWC) was over! Of course the battle had been fierce especially during the first week when the IWC found out that IDWC was life and death serious and not just playing around with an entertaining idea!
I followed the advice I was given to practice becoming a Happy Quitter and most of the time was able to ignore the war which is probably why I can't point to an AHHH moment! Thus, the war went on and I went on a semi-Happy Quitter (I'm not as good at it as James - wish I was!)
Inevitably the war was over and the winner IDWC was declared and I looked up and knew IWC doesn't have a chance! I AM TRULY A HAPPY QUITTER! I decided to QUIT SMOKING and I decided to ignore the battle but most importantly I didn't let a cigarette near my face NO MATTER WHAT! I have said N.O.P.E. each and every morning! And some days several times an hour - whatever it takes because this was for me the single most important thing I could do for myself to improve my HEALTH and LIFE!
Then I found that I was changing! I became a more confident, concerned person! I'm concerned about LIFE but I'm also concerned about QUALITY OF LIFE! That means not only not dying but LIVING ABUNDANTLY! Those of you that know me well have seen these motifs rising one by one to the surface of my blogs and comments and by no means do I think that I am done growing and changing! I feel that at 56 years old that I am in many ways just beginning to LIVE - to LIVE ABUNDANTLY the way my Creator intended!
This is the gift I want for those of you out there who are just beginning this journey ! Give your QUIT a chance and all that sense of loss, deprivation, sadness, regret, suffering and self sacrifice WILL turn around 360 degrees and it will be the cigarette that is the obvious source of the suffering and you will KNOW in your total being that you have made the absolute BEST DECISION in your entire LIFE!
Best Wishes! Enjoy the Holidays with the Peace and Love that eminates from true understanding of it’s meaning!