~~Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do long after the mood you said it in has left you.~~ unknown
It's easy to get excited about the idea of quitting. No longer being chained to cigarettes...no longer spending all that money...no longer having family look away in disappointment. All those negatives will disappear when we quit!!
The reality is, of course, a bit different. As our quit date approaches, we frantically think of all the reasons we shouldn't quit. Our stress level is too high...our relationship is tanking...our health is too questionable. The early days of our quits can be real nail biters, too. Everything is now out of wack. We are a nervous wreck...work sucks...anger seems to be a constant companion.
Can you see how addiction works now? It will use anything and everything to keep you enslaved. Even to the point where you quibble about 'slipping' rather than 'relapsing. And personally, it doesn't matter to me which word you use and it doesn't matter to me if you start back at day 1 or not. Looking at the bigger picture, I simply want you to understand that your addiction will keep you addicted...IF you let it.
Commitment to your quit isn't just about keeping your word. It isn't just about integrity. It is recognizing that the only way to break this addiction is to NOT smoke. Ever. Not one puff...because one puff will keep that addiction alive and well.
Commitment means recovery. Commitment means freedom. Commitment means you choose life. Hold on to your commitment even when you don't want to. It's your lifeline. It's your way out.
You can be free. So many of us now are. Simply by honoring that commitment. Quitting means not on puff ever.