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Thomas3.20.2010

The Vortex of Wisdom

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Nov 22, 2018

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Every decision we have is not based on every thought we have. Yet every decision builds upon the decision before it. We lead ourselves into the vortex of Good by seeking, acknowledging, accepting the Light in our Life. 

There are many reasons why we sometimes do not choose Light. We always as humans have the choice. It may start out as simple curiosity - "I wonder what it would be like to embrace the darkness?" But curiosity killed the cat. darkness also has it's vortex. The more we choose a dark path, the more it draws us in and the harder it is to turn around and get out - to literally escape!  

As young Folks we investigated, explored light and darkness and were occasionally caught up in the vortex of darkness. But there is a blessing even in that phase of our maturity. We know more about what we don't want as well as what we want in our lives. Changing directions can be very challenging and take a sort of courage - we are out of our comfort zone. We are fighting against the norm. We don't actually know what this other direction leads to - perhaps we are going from the frying pan into the fire? 

But no! As you reach for the light you can even in your discomfort feel the rightness of it! Lean into it! Allow that vortex of light to sweep you up and bring you to your full potential! Goodness begats goodness. Blessings begat blessings. Light brings you into a brilliance you could never have imagined. Then you can let go and relax into the momentum of light and goodness and pass through the shadows again and again being drawn into the light!

Addiction Free Life!

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Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” - John 8:12

 

Addiction Freedom leads us toward the Light of our Higher Power. 

Thomas3.20.2010

Stormy

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Nov 22, 2018

No one would have crossed the ocean if he could have gotten off the ship in the storm.

Charles Kettering - 1876-1958 - Inventor - Engineer

The Holidays can be especially challenging to the newly Quitter. You can give in or step up - the choice is always yours. There will be annoying relatives, burnt Turkeys, no Tartar Sauce for your special recipe, traffic and weather issues for those traveling, etc, etc, etc.....

Life is stressful - especially when we have high expectations of the Hallmark Thanksgiving!

But Recovery from Nicotine Addiction depends on living Life on Life's Terms! 

So be flexible and adaptable and keep your Eyes on the Prize

FREEDOM!

I am Thankful for my Freedom from Nicotine Addiction every single Day!

Thomas, Live Long and Prosper!

When we read that only 6% of those who try to quit will succeed for 365 days while 70% of smoking Americans state that they want to quit we can get the impression that it's superhuman or that it takes perfect emotional climate or that there's just too much stress in my life to make it happen.

But the facts are that this is doable! The folks here have shown me the way from Rick to Mike, from Dale to Giulia, from Sootie to Tommy to Christine (Fortune). You see Christine didn't just win an emotional lottery of Fortune - she made her own one day at a time! Each of them are just like you and me with their share of daily life hardships, challenges, and even emotional meltdowns!

They were able to Quit Smoking and you Can do this, too!

Over and over they come back long after they have won their Freedom to tell us their testimony of this works and this doesn't work - watch out for this relapse trap! They bring as much story-telling and information, cheerleading and tough love as they can muster because feeling Quit feels good and they want you to know that. I only mentioned a few Folks above so you still may think they are rare! And they are - not in the fact that they Quit Smoking but because they are still here - still sharing - still doing their best to capture in words the beauty of Recovery! There's hundreds of us out here that have passed through BecomeanEX and moved on in their lives. Every once in a while you'll see a glimpse as they come back to check in. 

Every single one of us went through the Hell of Hell Week, the 3-4 Months of Vigilance needed to pass through No Man's Land, the golden gates of the 6% Club, and the Amazing thrill of joining the 2% Club! You can, too! If this is your first introduction to BecomeanEX - No Man's Land describes the hardest part of quitting after the 24 first hours when nobody seems to care that you have the worst cravings seemingly out of nowhere. The 6% Club has made one whole Year Quit and the the 2% Club has made it through 2 Years Smoke FREE and have lowered their statistics of relapse to only 2% - not zero but we still and will always have the opportunity to say yes or no to addiction. It doesn't mean that how you feel at first is how you will always feel. It also doesn't mean that one sickerette won't put you right back to Day One. 

The decision is yours to make - yours to keep - no matter what! Read, read, read! It's all here! How to get through the Holidays to how to get through the day at work (or home)  that sucks, from facing unemployment, natural disasters, divorce, even family death to personal health challenges, even mental health and just as important and often overlooked, how to get through the fun times in your life that you have addictively associated with smoking. Because we are just like you and life goes on but we no longer choose to smoke through it - we live life on life's terms abundantly - Smoke FREE!

You CAN, too!

Live Long and Prosper!

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Part II of a pair: For more read:

Don't Underestimate the Enemy!

I know I did! I was a serial quitter who could quit easily - for weeks or months but not for good! When I came to BecomeanEX I did what I do best - research. What I discovered gave me the courage, fortitude, and determination to keep going forward.

https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/message/72930-re-nicotine-the-nerve-poison?commentID=72930#comment-72930 

Nicotine is so poisonous that it sickens the people who harvest it - many of who are children.

Why Are Children Working in American Tobacco Fields? 

Cigarette butts pollute our beautiful planet.

Cigarettes and Planet Earth 

Nicotine related Illness costs Society more than $300 Billion each Year!

CDC - Fact Sheet - Economic Trends in Tobacco - Smoking & Tobacco Use 

Nicotine even damages pets, children and old people even when you don't smoke around them!

Third Hand Smoke 

In fact, recovery from Nicotine Addiction takes real effort but it is simple and it is doable. Keep them away from your face - just for today! Again, and again, and again - no matter what!

Within weeks you'll feel so much better. Healing begins the minute you put out the last sickerette!

Stay close and Know your Enemy!

 

Thomas: 8 Years, 7 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 6 Hours, 11 Minutes, 56 Seconds and counting........

Part I of a pair. Read more at: 

Don't Overestimate the Enemy

Thomas3.20.2010

Impossible

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Nov 11, 2018

Impossible is for the unwilling - John Keats

I'm Possible

You can let the fear-stress-yearning take over or you can make up your mind to stay Smoke Free!

Which will you decide today?

These are the moments that I live for! I spent 3 days with my Son and Granddaughters while my Daughter-in-Law made a major research presentation in Washington, D,C! I'm so proud of her! Imagine sharing your research with 360 to 400 veterinarians  from around the world! 

Tahlia is walking (sort of) and talking (sort of) and Miss Penny is quite the young lady and she's not even 3 yet! 

No smoke on me, in my hugs and kisses, on my clothes and hair. Penny plays bubbles with my oxygen putting my canula in a glass of water and Tahlia plays with the ***** and chews on the cords. 

I can only hope that I have enough Years ahead to share with these two Princesses. They are the love of my Life!

That's right! Preparing for winter, cleaning up the last of the leaves, and making plans for Thanksgiving gatherings! But also National COPD Awareness! Just think about it - at least one in five of us has COPD and half don't know it! 12 million people!

 

Here's a great article that covers the basics. Just read it and ask yourself if you think you need to be tested. The test is very accessible, affordable, noninvasive and you know the results immediately. It's called Spirometry Test.

Early diagnosis leads to better choices! LLAP

Shedding light on the silent killer, COPD | Columns | pressofatlanticcity.com 

Thomas3.20.2010

Believe!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Nov 2, 2018

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You've always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself.

Glinda - Wizard of Oz