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Never Give Up!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Jun 27, 2019

After a relapse it can be very difficult to get on track again but the sooner you do it the better because you aren't caught up as much in the twisted thinking of Addiction. You can do this! Just come back and start again ASAP.

Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.

George Eliot - 1819-1880 - English Novelist

Not One Puff Ever - starting Today!

Addiction is full of lies.

Lies we tell ourselves - "umm, smells good!"

Lies we tell others - "I don't smoke that much."

Lies we tell God - "Let me smoke and I promise to behave in every other way!"


But one of the biggest lies is that smoking calms my anxiety!


Smoking causes the very anxiety it purports to relieve - and the Nicotine Industry knows it!

Do you?


There are a thousand ways to really relieve anxiety and stress - smoking is not one of them!

My favorite is mindfulness - What's yours?


Drop the Rope!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Jun 20, 2019

I learned this phrase from Al-Anon by several sources. It means that when you're in a tug-of-war with somebody else or even yourself you have the right and choice to just drop the rope and walk away!!!

I find that very helpful for Nicotine Recovery as well. It doesn't mean that I give up! It means I choose not to engage with my Nicotine thoughts. I have better things to do with my brain. 

Hopefully somebody else will find this simple idea useful as well!



You're This Close!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Jun 20, 2019

You are simply this minute away from Success! Every minute you keep from smoking you are finding your Recovery. So if this is Day One - Congratulations. If this is Day 100 Congratulations!. You have succeeded in giving your mind, body, spirit another chance to break Free from Addiction. Keep up the Great Job and watch those Days add up to weeks, Months, and yes, even Years! You will get so much more than you can imagine - you'll grow and mature in ways you can't believe. It will be hard but everything worth doing really is hard - but it is also simple: Not One Puff Ever!

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas Edison

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Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Jun 12, 2019

I went to the Hospital for an exacerbation that turned out to be pneumonia and from there to the Mental Hospital for a Major Depressive Disorder. I haven't seen my home or grandkids in weeks. Nor have I been able to work. 


Next question, just how much lung capacity will I permanently lose this time?


Only time will tell. This gets old and yet decline upon decline is my new normal. If you recall the last bout was in March and I never really recovered from that one when this little gift in humility came along.


I do not smoke. I haven't smoked for over 9 Years but I will continue to suffer from multiple chronic progressive diseases that are smoking related. Fact.


My recommendation to you - breathe, run if you can, exercise (just about everybody can find exercise that will work for you, eat healthy unprocessed foods, take your meds and most important of all - pray to whatever higher power you know lives in your soul. 


But nothing, and I mean nothing at all, will help you live quality - let alone quantity of life unless you quit smoking! Do it for you, Do it for your Family. Do it for your Higher Power. Just do it - Whatever it takes - Today!



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