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Five years ago today the freedom train made it's first run! We went to Michigan and picked up our Dear Sweet Daisy, to celebrate her One Year Milestone! https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/blogs/pir8fan-blog/2011/01/31/daisy-has-one-full-year  Today our Beautiful Flower celebrates 6 Years of Freedom, and the Freedom Train celebrates 5 years of helping you track your milestones! Thank you to all who have punched your tickets, and made the Train an icon of our community for the last 5 years!!       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

  

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

  

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Do craves visit you?

Posted by pir8fan Jan 20, 2016

This is the time of year when we have our biggest influx of new quitters! Some of us who have longer quits understand about the "Craving" , but I suspect that some of you are still tyrying to get a handle on them!

Almost a year ago, I wrote a blog called "Thoughts from a hospital bed!". It offered a little insight into craves! Tonight I am reposting this blog with the hope that it helps someone see craves in a different way!

Thoughts from a hospital bed!

Early one evening, during my recent hospital stay, I was sitting on the edge of my bed and enjoying some rare solitude! In a hospital they alway seem be in and out! I am not sure they want you to have any time to just think! My thoughts were barely broken by the lady from housekeeping! Of course I spoke, then went back to my thoughts while she cleaned the bathroom, emptied the trash, and used a wet mop on the floor! It was the same one she just used in the bathroom!

A lot of you know that I have a little rebel in me, so during my stay, for the most part, I was able to get away from wearing those color coded socks that they make you wear so everyone knows what kind of fall risk you are! So I am sitting on the bed barefoot, and as soon as the entire floor gets wet, my bladder says "Hey dad. It is time to empty me!". Of course!

Now, I dont want to get up and find my flip-flops, which, without a doubt, have been pushed under the bed with a wet mop! I am determined not to put on those damn socks! And, I am not going to walk barefoot through whatever the hell she had on that mop! If it is strong enough to clean floors in a hospital, I have no doubt that it will eat my feet to the ankles before I can make it to the bathroom door! So there is only one thing left to do!

I just sat on my bed and watched the floor dry! I have never really done that before, but I learned something! The whole floor does not go from wet, to damp, to dry! It dries in streaks! And that reminded me of the cravings that come after our quits! We don't go from craving a lot, to craving a less, to no craving at all! Cravings are like those streaks on the floor! They are drying up! Some streaks are longer than others! Some are wider than others! But if you just refuse to do anything to disrupt the process, the longer ones get shorter, the wide ones get narrower! Then some of them are gone! Then all of them are gone! I did nothing! I did not fan the sheets to try to hurry the process! I just sat there and watched!

The same thing applies to cravings! Acknowledge them, but do nothing! Sit still, and watch them! If you do nothing at all, the long ones will get shorther! The wider ones will narrow! Then some will be gone! Then all will be gone! Just do nothing! You do not have to try to make them go away! As  long as you do nothing they will go away! It is a natural thing! Just like a wet floor drying! Just sit still, and let time fix it for you!

If you should have a giant craving, and you just feel like you can't sit still, I suggest you mop the floor! Then watch it dry! Your craving will be gone, and your floor will be clean! WIN/WIN

Hope this make sense to someone besides me! If not I have an EXcuse! I am using drugs! (the ones that doctors said use)         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

  

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 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 evening my friends, and Happy New Year! I come before you tonight with 6 Years of Freedom behind me! And, without hesitation I give the credit for that to you! Short timers and Elders, you have all contributed to my motivation!

Back in June, I wrote a blog that listed 20 things that I had learned in the first 2000 Days! It is a good blog, and I am proud of it! If you were not here, or do not remember it, I will post a link to it at the end of this thought!

A couple of days ago, at the hospital, I had a conversation with a nurse who quit almost two years ago, and she sparked a very important thought process! She said she never liked the commercials with the lady with the hole in her throat! She said that fear did not motivate her! BOOM! My head almost exploded as I twisted those word and said them back to her! My final draft was this!

Motivation born of fear is short lived! Motivation born of love is everlasting!

Every quitter is motivated to quit by something! Some are motivated by fear! It could be fear for their life, or for their health! It could be fear for their families, or fear for their finances! Or fear of (______________) fill in the blank! These quits will be short lived if we can not motivate them with love!

Does that mean we have to love each of these quitters? No! It does not! I have met people here that are pretty much unlovable (at least by me)! But our role here does not change! We are here to help people quit, and stay quit, while we do the same! So, those that we can not love, we must teach to love! And those that we do love, we must also teach to love! We must teach everyone to love themselves! We do not need them to love us! They only need to care enough about themselves to not destroy themselves! We must instill in others the belief that they can do this! Let them know that they have it within them to break the chains of addiction! They have the power to chose! As they recognize this, they will appreciate themselves more! They will begin to see their own selfworth! They will become more confident with each day of thier Freedom! And, they will see every aspect of their lives get better! This love of self is the love that will motivate them to live FREE! Motivation born of love!

You may legitimately ask, "How do you know this?)! I know because the people in this community did it for me! And, I have seen it work many, many times! I encourge you all to continue to teach the self love, that grows into motivation!

https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/blogs/pir8fan-blog/2015/06/25/what-i-have-learned-in-the-first-2000-days

Live FREE my friends! Live smoke FREE!!                               Tommy

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He's Baaaaaaaacccck!

Posted by pir8fan Dec 31, 2015

Good evening fellow EXer's

I just wanted to take a minute to stop by and let everyone know that I am home from the hospital! Once again your prayers and well wishes have brought me through some tough days!

And, once again, I have been reminded that there are consequences to our actions! We have all made poor choices in our lives, and every cigarette we smoked represents one of those! I want to encourage all who are here to minimize the poor choices! We will all continue to make poor choices, but cigarettes do not have to be one of them! They are a choice that brings devastating consequences!

Should you ever contemplate smoking another cigarette, weigh not only financial cost that day, but consider the physical and financial cost that will surely come down the road! Do you really want to pay that price?

So, before you flick that lighter stop and talk with me. Stop and talk with all of your EX family! Care about yourself at least as much as we care about you!

Happy New Year my friends! Live Free! Live Smoke Free!                      Tommy

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