I have a Star in my Hand!

Blog Post created by Thomas3.20.2010 on Feb 9, 2014

Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand  and melting like a snow flake


— M.B. Ray


      I like Living Smoke FREE!    
      I like getting up and stretching, going for the coffee pot and putzing through my morning routine with my Wife without having to rush outside for that morning Fix! When I get out of the shower, I smell fresh and clean and I have confidence that it will last all day instead of smelling like an ashtray! When I brush my teeth I see them white, my tongue pink, my breath fresh.     
      I love doing my EXercises without worrying about my workout buddies smelling smoke on me or wondering why I sneak out in the middle of my workout time to stand in shame outside around the corner and hopefully out of sight!    
      I love visiting elderly and very young relatives as well as picking up a cat for a lap sit or petting a dog without worrying about doing them harm with the third hand smoke that clinged to my clothes, hair, hands, even my face!     
      I like mealtime because I really truly taste my food for the first time in years. I have real conversations with my meal partners, be they family, friends, or coworkers. I can easily focus on the moment instead of having my mind hijacked by my next after-dinner fix.    
      I enjoy my alone time with true mindfulness. Mindfulness isn't something that an Addictive Mind can actually EXperience for long - they have to get back to their addiction - soon!    
      I enjoy my together time with folks - when I leave them after a nice visit, it's a genuine see you soon not motivated by having to get back to my precious!    
      I feel great at work because I focus on my work while I'm there - not my next break! I relax on my break because I don't have to eat in 15 minutes "so I'll have time to step outside!" I relate well with people in a direct nonaddictive way! I deal with problems rather than smoke them away. I have much more patience for challenges and use determination and focus to get through tough situations. I clock out satisfied that I gave my best every minute of the shift.     
      I like getting ready for bed and prayer and meditation time when I reflect on my day, on my loved ones and prayer list friends, when I converse with my Creator! I do it with honest integrity, with a sense of accomplishment, with the certainty that living    
      Smoke FREE is the only way for me to BE!