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Freedom Train 01/27/13

Posted by pir8fan Jan 27, 2013

Good morning fellow EXer's! The Freedom Train is on the tracks, and prepared to make it's daily run to Freedom from smoking! Everyone is invited to come aboard to celebrate their own personal Freedom, and that of their friends!!

If you are new here, this vehicle provides an area for everyone to gather and celebrate the milestones, and successes of those in our community! There are no tickets! The fuel for this locomotive is love and caring! The rides on this Train are paid for in contributions to the quits of others! The only thing required to ride this Train is a desire to breathe Free! We encourage everyone to join in the celebration! No matter where you are in your quit, today is special, and is cause for celebration! Celebrate with others, and they will celebrate with you! There are no baggage fees! Bring all your "EXtra baggage"! We will help you sort it out!

We encourage you to come aboard today! Shout out your personal milestones, and those of your friends! Show your pride in your quit! 2 Days, 200 Days or 2000 Days! More, if you have them! Let us hear from you, and let us all celebrate our FREEDOM!! Post food and music! IT IS PARTY TIME!!!

This Train is bound for FREEDOM from the Evils tobacco and smoking!!

"IF YOU ARE NOT RIDING WITH US, YOU ARE MISSING THE TRAIN"

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ABOARD!!!!!!!!! Tommy

I am asking you all to come and pray! Our Sweet Sister in Freedom Julia Amy has notified me that her daughter has been diagnosed with cancer! The details are not mine to share at this time! We do know the success that this group has seen when we come together in prayer! I am asking you all to spead the word, and join me on my knees as I ask God to bring mercy, and healing to this young lady, and her family!

Dear Lord, I am kneeling tonight to ask You to extend Your healing touch to Julia Amy's daughter! I beg You to give strength to her, and to her family, as they struggle with this time of uncertainty! Take them into Your hands and let them feel Your presence tonight! May they know peace and find rest as they know You are with them!

I humbly ask this in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen

...........are the ones that start out "I Slipped" or "I am so Mad at Myself" or "I Screwed Up", AND were not preceded by a blog that starts out "HELP"!

There are a large number of oldbies here who stay here to help the communiy grow! We are proud to be here, and we watch for a chance to help you save your quit, and maybe even your life! But you gotta give us a chance! Please read, copy, and never forget the blog I am linking to below! We are YOUR lifelines! Use us! Please!        Tommy

https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/blogs/pir8fan-blog/2013/01/15/key-to-freedom-remember-your-lifelines

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BIG THANK YOU..............

Posted by pir8fan Jan 19, 2013

............ to all of you who sent prayers, and get well wishes for my recent hoispital stay!

I have paid yet another installment on the debt that I incurred for my body, when I chose to start smoking, all those many years ago!

For those of you who may not know. I quit Smoking 01/01/10! Over three years ago! I knew that smoking was not good for me, but for many years lived with the attitude "That will never happen to me!" After all, I was 10 feet tall and bullet proof! Right? Well turns out that even though I am pretty tough, I am not immune to the evils of smoking! On August 10th of last year I had a quadruple by-pass! Since then I have had three cardiac catheteraztions. From EXperience, I can assure you that these procedures are not fun!

I implore all of you who have quit to never waiver in your resolve. All of you who are thinking about quitting, do not wait! No one knows which cigarette will be the one that will put you in my shoes! They are not comfortable shoes! Quit today, and stay quit! Wear comfortable shoes, and walk away from the woes of this addiction! Then step aboard the Freedom Train, everyday, and celebrate the milestones along your pathway to Freedom. Cling tightly to the awesome fact that YOU can indeed live Free!                  Tommy

There are a lot of new people here, and this is also a reminder for those who may have forgotten! Always remember your lifelines!

If you should have a serious craving use your lifelines before you smoke!

#1. Ask The Audience! Come here and tell us that you are in danger, and why! Wait 15 minutes for us to respond! Give us that opportunity to help you! That is why we are here!

#2. Phone A Friend! Befriend someone here that you feel you can trust! Exchange phone numbers with that person! If you are in a situation that you can not handle on your own, call or text that person!

#3. 50/50! Make two list! The first list should be all the reasons you should not smoke! The second list should be all the reasons you should smoke! Now take the second list and mark out alll the "Excuses" to smoke! Excuses and reasons are two very different things! If there is anything left on the second list let me know! Keep your first list handy. Read it if any of the "excuses" try to steal your quit!

This message was brought to by: The Freedom Train! "IF YOU ARE NOT RIDING WITH US, YOU ARE MISSING THE TRAIN"                    Tommy

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The Freedom Train 01/13/2013

Posted by pir8fan Jan 13, 2013

Good morning fellow EXer's! The Freedom Train is on the tracks, and prepared to make it's daily run to Freedom from smoking! Everyone is invited to come aboard to celebrate their own personal Freedom, and that of their friends!!

If you are new here, this vehicle provides an area for everyone to gather and celebrate the milestones, and successes of those in our community! There are no tickets! The fuel for this locomotive is love and caring! The rides on this Train are paid for in contributions to the quits of others! The only thing required to ride this Train is a desire to breathe Free! We encourage everyone to join in the celebration! No matter where you are in your quit, today is special, and is cause for celebration! Celebrate with others, and they will celebrate with you! There are no baggage fees! Bring all your "EXtra baggage"! We will help you sort it out!

We encourage you to come aboard today! Shout out your personal milestones, and those of your friends! Show your pride in your quit! 2 Days, 200 Days or 2000 Days! More, if you have them! Let us hear from you, and let us all celebrate our FREEDOM!! Post food and music! IT IS PARTY TIME!!!

This Train is bound for FREEDOM from the Evils tobacco and smoking!!

"IF YOU ARE NOT RIDING WITH US, YOU ARE MISSING THE TRAIN"

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ABOARD!!!!!!!!! Tommy

.................Remember this!!!

There is a demon living in you! He is called the nicodemon! He has the ability to put thoughts in your head! You have the choice of listening to him, or not! He is dying! You are killing him! The thoughts that he's putting into your head are ones of desperation! He wants you to save him! Are you willing to give up your life for his? You have wrested the control from him! You have shattered the chains of bondage that this addiction has kept you in! You have tasted FREEDOM! Will you become a slave to this nicodemon again? You have a chance to breathe free! Take that chance! Turn you head, and let the little ******* die! You have regained control of your life! Keep it my friends! Keep it!!!         Tommy

What was old is new again! And just as true today as it was back then!

I have noticed that some of you seem to be struggling! I read a blog yesterday morning from someone who was hoping to get through the day smoke Free. I looked at it in much the same way one would look at a suicide note! I read it twice and realized that it was to late to save this quit. As it turns out, I was right! Folks please lose the junkie thinking! Lines like; I hope I can, I don't think I can, I wish I could, I do not believe I can, wish me luck. These are all signs that you are not committed! There was a time when I was not committed either, although there were a number of people who thought I should be! I have said this before and I will say it until everyone agrees with me! You have to grow a backbone where your wishbone is! Stop wishing and get it done! If you learn nothing else from all the writtings and stories here, please heed the advice: Before you light that cigarette, reach out to us! It does not matter how! Blog and wait 10 minutes for responses! Ask the audience! Phone a friend! Do not lose your quit before you use your lifelines!    Tommy

.......... but I could have co-starred in the movie!

I have been fortunate enough to find everything I needed to quit, and stay quit for over three years now, right here at our home community, BecomeAnEX! Now, I know that a lot of you have gone to other sites, and read books that have been helpful! That is great! I want everyone to use all the resources at their disposal to find their own personal Freedom!

From my point of view, the people that we communicate with everyday are much more essential to our quits than the words of a stranger! It seems that when someone is writing to the masses, they get a little lost in themselves! I noted that tonight in a post where my dear friend Nancy quoted Joel! I have not read Joel before, but I hear he has helped a lot of people! If you will indulge me, I will quote him!

"I am not setting myself up to be judge, jury, and executioner. The law of physiological addiction states that administration of a drug to an addict will cause reestablishment of the dependence on that substance. I didn't write that law. I don't execute that law. My job is much simpler than that. All I do is interpret the law."

While claiming not to be a judge (judgemental), he tells you his job is to interpret the law! That is the very definition of a judge's job! I believe that we must all know the law of addiction! I believe we should help each other interpret that law! And if we can achieve that lofty goal without being judgemental, then we have done a great service to our fellow man!

I believe that we are all our own judges, juries, and executioners! The judgements that we make, the sentences that we impose upon ourselves, and in the end our self-imposed executions, are indeed more harsh than any that a jury would ever hand down!

Every day on this site we live, and pass on "Collateral Kindness! All I ask of each of you is to be as kind to yourself as you are to the people here, that you will probably never meet! Unless you get busy planning to meet us in Las Vegas in May!                 Tommy

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Three Years of Freedom!

Posted by pir8fan Jan 1, 2013

With a special Thank You to Shawn for the Graphic, I would like to thank each of you who are helping me celebrate Three Years of Freedom Today! You all played a role in this success story! I thank you from the very bottom of my slightly damaged heart!

Happy New Year to all!        Tommy

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New Years Revolution!!

Posted by pir8fan Dec 31, 2012

In about 2 Hours, I will have 3 Smoke Free Years behind me! Yes, I quit for New Year's! And with the help of my Friends here, I have been Smoke Free for Three Years! Does that make me one of the rare Resolution Quitters that you hear about? We all know, or have heard how hard it is to quit as a New Years Resolution! No one keeps those resolutions, do they?

I have been call a resolution quitter, and I am not offended by it! But it is not totally true! I am a Revolution Quitter! We all have heard the story about how I came kicking and screaming to my quit! Did I want to quit? Hell no! Was I determined that I would quit? You bet your a$$ I was!

I did not make a resolution! I staged a Revolt! I Revolted against the cost of Smoking! I Revolted against the increased insurance rates I would have to pay! I did not enjoy my personal Revolt one bit! But I committed to it 100%! Eventually I Revolted against the the Nicodemon that tried to steal my health! I eventually Revolted against the Nicodemon that came for my friends!

For everyone out there who are planning to quit for the New Year, I encourage you to do it! But do not make a Resolution! Stage your own personal Revolution! I am here to tell you, that you can do it!          Tommy

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