Elvis used to say that! He said it a lot better than me, but he could not have meant it more! 292 days ago I had myself an eight day quit and an attitude that I was deprived of something I really wanted and needed! I saw a commercial for a web site that I figured was mostly about Socialist trying to dictate what people should do! Eight days into a quit, I am not the first person that ever looked for a fight! So, I show up here and dump some chum into the waters and wait for the sharks to show up! After a few day of total calm and a few warm welcomes, I tried again! It took me about 30 days to realize that no one here was pushing a political agenda! I was disappointed and ready to leave when it dawned on me that there were a bunch of good people here who cared about my quit! Well, what do you know? It also seems that I had a nice 40 day quit going! So I decided to hang around a bit longer. One day I began to understand that my quit was not as rough as some folks. How could I not care about those who were having a hard time. They had cared about me! I coined a phrase " Collateral Kindness" to explain what goes on here! I also knew that I had a role to play in the caring and sharing that causes total strangers to want to give back what they took from here. To share with others the freedom that they had found!
Tonight I sit her with 300 nicotine/smoke free days behind me! I look back at all the love and caring that was shown on this site today! For me, and for Brenda, and so many others! I see my friends rush past me with a nod as they become first responders to someone in need! And I see their winks of approval! I feel good about me! You my friends have made my life better! I appreciate you! I wish you all FREEDOM!!