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Freedom Train 8/31/14

Posted by pir8fan Aug 31, 2014

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! 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

  

Today, I proudly look back on 1700 Days of Freedom! I would like to take a moment to thank all of you! No matter if you have been here a couple of days, a couple of years, or a lot longer! All of you, and the "Collateral Kindness" that we share here are a part of my journey!

I would like to pass on  a few things that I have learned along the way!

I have learned:

1. From my best Friend Sootie. We do not quit smoking to keep from dying. We are all going to do that anyway! We quit so that we can live while we are here!

2. From MotherGoose9(Connie). If I smoke just one I will be back where I started! Where I started was wishing I was where I am today!

3. I do not have a habit! I have an addiction!

4. Cold Turkey works. It did for me! Smart Turkey is better! Thanks SkyGirl

5. Tough love can be a helpful thing! But if a person does not know you love them, then it is just being tough. That is not helpful

6. I would rather be a quitter who sometimes wants to smoke, than be a smoker who always wants to quit.

7. Smokers do not GET to smoke, they HAVE to smoke!

8. Tobacco companies are not responsible for my addiction! It was own poor decision to start, and my own weakness that kept me addicted!

9. I have learned how to make a comittment! I promised myself i would quit, and I had the integrity of honor my word to myself!

10. I have learned that with Focus and Determination, and the support of those who care we can do anything!

11. I have learned that I missed many of the great moments in my life while I was off feeding my addiction!

12. I have discovered the phenomenon I call "Collateral Kindness"! Helping yourself by helping others! What a way to quit! What a way to live!

13. I have learned that this is true "No once cares how much you know, until they know how much you care!

14. I have learned to keep moving forward! What we have done in the past is behind us, and "Only a fool trips on what is behind him!"

15. I have learned that FREEDOM is out there waiting for us all! We just have to want it more than we want anything else! Once we have FREEDOM, all the good things in life are out there for us!

16. MOST IMPORTANT! I have learned that a group of total strangers can come together, in a place where most will never meet in person, and find caring and compassion for each other! I have learned that love and respect for each other can grow in this place! I have learned that we can indeed find some of the most important people in our lives in a place that has no tangible EXistence! Cyberspace!

Thank you my friends,             Tommy

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Freedom Train 08/24/14

Posted by pir8fan Aug 24, 2014

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! 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

  

Good afternoon! Due to a communications breakdown, the Freedom Train did not run yesterday, and is very late today! We regret that those who celebrated milestones yesterday and earlier today were not appualded in this vehicle! Please forgive us! Without further ado, I give you todays Freedom Train!    Tommy

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! 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

  

  
   
    

 

   
  
  

Foolish Thoughts! (repost)

  

February 19, 2014 by pir8fan   Comments (6)

  
   
    

I do not watch a lot of television! Football and Jeopardy is about it! However, I did see a commercial the other day with a line that made me go "WOW"!

    

Brian Urlacker and Ray Lewis are future Hall of Fame pro football players who retired last year! They do a commercial together where Urlacker is calling Lewis, on game day, and asking it he is missing playing! Lewis claims not to miss the game at all! Meanwhile, he is dressing in his uniform, with lampblack under his eyes and wrapping his wrist with tape! He denies what is in his head! And he tells Urlacker "Only a fool trips on what's behind him!"BAM! What a line!! "Only a fool trips on what's behind him!"

    

My message to you today is twofold!

    

#1. It is OK to admit that you miss smoking (we all do), but please understand that you miss it because you are an addict! Dig deep enough to understand that you do not miss the things that smoking did to you, or what it cost you! Understand the magic moments in life that you failed to witness because you were off somewhere else feeding your addiction! Understand the cost not only in treasure, but in treasured moments!

    

#2. Keep your Focus, and keep moving forward! You can only trip on what is behind you if you take a step back! And, that would be foolish! You my friend are not a fool! Do not fall prey to foolish thinking!

    

Tommy

   
  

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! 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

  

pir8fan

How many ways..........

Posted by pir8fan Aug 4, 2014

............can one find to say "Thank You"? The answer is "Not Enough"!

If I knew every language, and every dialect, and all slang in all of those, it would still not be enough!

From Friday afternoon to Monday afternoon I lay in a hospital bed (well most of the time) and I could read from this site on my phone! I am not clever, or educated enough to post from my phone, but I can read! As I read the outpouring of love and caring my heart grew stronger! And I knew the the prayers and love from my EX family could pull me through anything!

This afternoon I read the circle of prayer, that Shawn and Teddy, or Teddy and Shawn, came up with, and a grown 62 year old man cried! You! My Family! You were coming together to send prayer and support for me, and so many of you made it sound like I was the special one! Look at yourselves! Look at what you have accomplished! If I have contributed to that I am proud! And those days were well spent! But you are the special ones! You have done what you needed to do to get where you are! And today once again you were doing something special! Tears of joy and gratitude rolled down my wrinkled old face as I read your words, and admired your accomplishments, and gave thanks for the fact that each of you took the time to care about me!!

So one plain and simple THANK YOU is all that I have to offer! I hope that each of you will take a piece of that and realize that all of you own a piece of this slightly damaged old heart of mine!!

Love to ALL!                  Tommy

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