When we realize that we are dealing with an addiction, we have opened our eyes to the quit journey!
Quitting is more than just not smoking - it is recovery from addiction! Recovery means the process of reclaiming something lost!
So what did we lose when we got hooked on nicotine? I would surmise that we lost our true God-given Selves!
No pill, patch, e-cig, or other device can give that back to us!
Only we can get that back by going to the source of our being - Our Creator! We must forgive ourselves and ask HIS forgiveness for the sacrifices we have made for the sake of our drug - Nicotine!
I sacrificed my body, my mind, my spirit, my soul to a dried up dead leaf wrapped in paper and dipped in thousands of deadly chemicals!
One by one, I have to reclaim each of these! That takes time!
I didn't just wake up one day and say, "I think I'll forfeit all that makes me special to an addictive substance!" NO! It took time - little by little giving up more and more of myself!
And I won't get all of that back overnight, either! I need to be diligent, careful, focused, determined! And I need to be PATIENT!
In the end, I will be recovering/reclaiming LIFE ITSELF!
So what if I'm grumpy for a few days! What's at stake is ME! And my Family and True Friends can only want that for me and more than willingly put up with my rascibility!
The GIFT is Abundantly Truthful Living! I can't let myself settle for anything less!