Words of Wisdom  14/90

Blog Post created by PastTense on Dec 17, 2019

I read a lot on this site.  It helps me stay focused and connected, for sure; but I also have heard some great advice and just some words of wisdom.

I can remember clearly reading somewhere that "in order to be a non-smoker; you have to quit smoking".  I was thunderstruck at that one.  As if it had never actually occured to me that I would have to actually stop inhaling smoke in order to become a non-smoker.  It's okay to laugh at that.  I am still amazed that I had never equated the two (probably from years of being a closet smoker).  Denial can be amusing.


There was another one.  "Keep quitting until you're quit".  Quitting smoking is a process, and in my case, not a very smooth one.  This was a reminder to me to keep working at my quit until it didn't take work anymore.  Not there yet, but I have hope.


"You set yourself up for success when you admit that failure is an option."  This one really hit me.  This is when I finally (finally!) realized that I really did need an actual plan for dealing with cravings.  Until I got real about why I failed, I couldn't create a path for success.


"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results." Everybody has heard this one.  But one day, when I was feeling depressed and aggeved because another quit had failed; I read this and had an "Aha!" moment.

Maybe the reason this quit didn't last any longer than the others is because I hadn't done anything different. 


They say that when the student is ready, the teacher appears.  I guess I had to be ready to hear the words of wisdom for them to have an affact on me.