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freeneasy 

Support with a positive, friendly, humble attitude.  His goal is to motivate members to work harder and fulfill their responsibility of quitting smoking. Jim has the ability to take a negative situation and turn it into a positive.   Jim continuously supports the EX community using positive affirmations to impart his wisdom and cheer us on.  You are sure to get the point from his logic, truth, and humor.  

Logic

"Banish the thoughts of "struggle" and replace them with pride of conquest." 

When you learn about quitting and nicotine addiction, you'll build confidence. You may even be more afraid of continuing to smoke than quitting." 

"I like to call them "smoking thoughts" rather than craves." 

Truth

 Yup,  " I lost my quit" Translation: " I decided to smoke."

"Once an addict always an addict. S.I.N.A.O."

"A crave won't hurt you,  smoking will."

"No luck necessary. You're the boss of your quit"

Humor

"Don't fear the snake. It only will bite if you allow it to.  Craves are like snakes..." 

"I didn't smoke today but didn't vacuum either. I don't plan on smoking but plan on vacuuming a couple of times a year whether the place needs it or not."

"Time is like a roll of toilet paper. It goes more quickly towards the end."

 

Always the gentleman, Jim is a breath of fresh air. He has a listening ear and a heart that understands. 

Thank you, Jim, for staying and supporting the EX family after 5 1/2 years.

 freeneasy , I dedicate this video/song to you.  (Can be seen in the comment below)

You remind me of this song. Summer Breeze - Seals & Croft #1 Hit(1972) - YouTube 

The Encourager,       

Look at this number October 1, 2004, the oldest quit of the Elders, 4 months shy of 14 years of freedom 

There is no wondering why he is so cool, calm and collected.  Just a downhome guy with downhome "just sayings".

Mike is here for us. If you are down he will pull you up.  Those simple words, "Keep on keepin on" do make a difference. 

I know, they did for me.  Mike keeps it simple with no frills, no bars holding, straightforward and honest words of encouragement which I believe is the way he lives.  No tongue biting when telling the truth and makes no EXcuses because he knows the seriousness of death associated with smoking.  Along with being a great storyteller, we are blessed with his humor and his "Just Sayin" quotes. Let's continue to show love and appreciation for  Mike.n.Atlanta.  He is still ACTIVE , giving support.  Thank you, Mike, you are one of the best!
 

Just a few excerpts of Mike's "Truism "

  • We all end up the same unless we take control. Until we realize that we do have the strength to quit. Until we realize that urges aren’t painful & that they are not a command. Until we realize that we don’t HAVE to smoke. Until we realize there’s nothing to fear. Until we resolve to make a sincere commitment that will change our lives & promise ourselves that we will protect it at any cost. It takes all of these things & more.
  • One may have hesitations about tackling difficult tasks before quitting, but they seem a lot less formidable after a successful quit of any length. EX members have accomplished a great deal personally because of the confidence & strength they've found in themselves because of this process. Find yourself. I'll say it again...it ain't all about quitting.
  • If you really want to be smoke-free you will find a way. If not...you'll find an excuse. Keep on keepin' on

 

Mike.n.Atlanta is a great writer and storyteller. 

  These are just a few of many great "Keep on Keepin on" blogs!

Read on or Bookmark for later.

Mike n @lanta's Story My Goodbye Story A Successful Quit? Don't step on any toes. The Band Plays On Life or Breath This is only MY opinion Look Within Woman of Strength 

Gift of Love

This is lengthy because there is so much to say about this Elder  One thing for sure she keeps it REAL.   Open, personal, and compassionate so others feel they are not alone.  Her input causes one to think deeper.  She is very grateful for the freedom of living life without nicotine and is willing to share her gift with love.  She is very proud of her Christian faith and Native American heritage.    Her emphasizes on living life on life terms without nicotine is as real as real can get.  Her motto is Love, Peace, and Joy.  It appears that this phrase was originated by her. 

"take what you can use and leave the rest". indingrl.01.06.2011 

 

Her profound quote :

“if you always do what you've always done you'll always get what you always got”  

 

I could write a lot about indingrl.01.06.2011 but I decided to use the words of another Elder, who said it best.

"Take what you need and leave the rest."  These were your words, written on your own blog. I found them exactly when I needed them, at a vulnerable moment early in my quit when someone's comment hurt my feelings. Your words made me stronger. Look around this community and you will see those words everywhere, spoken by all of us. I heard them first from you.  You are a true friend, with a true heart, who has given much to my quit over many years. You are an important member of this community. You have tolerated my noise, and I have tolerated yours. Let's do it some more".c2q 

 Her give and take-on give and take

"Beginning this very NOW moment what have you given to the next suffering nicotine addict.......facts about nicotine.... books to read about nicotine.... expert advice of research tests reports to read... these are ALL good POINTERS .... yet in remembering what YOU use to be like in EARLY withdrawal  from nicotine.... are you giving what was given to you.... HOPE  and LOVE".

Compassion for others

"I am NOT alone.....everyone has troubles.... deaths...sicknesses...no gas money...NEW thinking ....come here to regroup....get through the rest of the afternoon by reading the blogs someone is always hurting more and SUFFERING more than ME".
"NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF OVER YOU! I think of others and pray for them.... NEW MINDSET.... thinking of others instead of playing the OLD STINKING THINKING reminiscing OLD TAPE OF SELFISHNESS THAT THINKS ME AND MY DRUG NICOTINE".

BottomLine and Really Keeping it Real 

"♥ if you CHOOSE TO USE NICOTINE DONT BLAME ANYONE BUT YOU OWN SELF-CENTERED SELF! YOUR CHOICE CUZ YOU JUST WANTED TO USE NICOTINE AND HAD TO COME HERE TO GET AN EXCUSE AND USE SOMEONE WHO WAS TOUGH LOVING YOU TO WAKE UP♥IF YOU CHOOSE TO USE NICOTINE YOU WILL DIE OF CANCER♥YOU AINT SPECIAL♥WE ALL BEEN THERE AND WE ALL HAVE WANTED TO USE AGAIN BUT WE DIDN'T!!!!!  WE CHOOSE TO TAKE THE TOUGH LOVE AND REMEMBER OTHERS WHO ARE GIVING THEIR PRECIOUS TIME TO NEWCOMERS CUZ THAT IS WHAT WAS GIVEN TO US IN THE BEGINING♥OUR TIME♥OUR EXPERIENCE♥OUR HOPE♥AND THE BEST OF ALL OUR TOUGH LOVE TO ANY WHOSOEVER THAT REALLY WANTS TO QUIT AND LIVE TO HELP ANOTHER SUFFERING NICOTINE ADDICT TO NOT TAKE ONE PUFF OVER THEMSELVES AND IN HELPING THEM♥THEY HAVE HELPED YOU TO NOT USE OVER YOURSELF♥ WE TRY TO THINK OF SOMEONE  TO HELP AND YOU CAN TOO BY ENCOURAGING OTHERS WHO ARE NEWER THAT YOU♥ TRY TO THINK NEW♥ INSTEAD OF THINKING THEY HURT ME♥THEIR MEAN♥SAY TO SELF I WANT TO  GROW UP AND GET OUT OF MYSELF♥  I WANT TO HELP SOMEONE TO STAY QUIT♥ I WANT TO TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT NICOTINE ADDICTION AND TO SHARE WITH OTHERS JUST LIKE I WAS HELPED ♥"

 

 Please take the time to read a few of her blogs. 

But by all means "take what you can use and leave the rest.

Enjoy.

PAUSE, What IF.....  Suggested to ME How do YOU change YOUR suddenly negative attitude? 

 

Diane Joy, indingrl.01.06.2011

A Warrior!

It's what he does and what others say about him that speaks volume.   

Here are a few adjectives to describe him:

Courageous, Steadfast, Dependable, Humble, Focused, Unselfish, Dedicated, Unwavering.

Every morning this courageous warrior is the first one front and center to greet us 

He is steadfast in his messages of light, life, peace, hope, and joy.  

We look forward to and depend on his daily brief messages. 

He is humble for his messages aren't all about him.  They are to us, and for us.

He unselfishly pays it forward with a "you can do it too attitude". 

He is focused, on never giving up and dedicated to sharing a new lifestyle with an unwavering spirit that No Matter What, N.O.P.E 

Yes, mikecity is our Warrior of EX. 

Namaste    

 

p.s.  Stop by morning, noon or evening to say hello.  He is always here.  It can make a difference is your day.

One should Stop...Listen..., Absorb and Act.  Her words come forth as golden knowledge. No, you won't see her in the limelight but her empowering comments and inspiring responses are priceless, deep thoughts for self-evaluation and growth.  No you will not see hundreds of blog post but her words of wisdom are seasoned with truth, depth, humility, experience, knowledge, and are eloquently touched with grace.   I could go on and on about this Elder maryfreecig .    I am often intrigued by her inspiring comments.  Though she may prefer not to hold a title or be in the limelight, in my mind she is a Queen. Hear Ye Hear Ye, So it is spoken, so it is written, let it be done. 

I declare and crown maryfreecig a "Queen of Wisdom @ EX." 

 Here are a few of her comments to savor: 

Facing your quit with support may be just the thing that has been missing. Quitting takes time and having support is one way to face the challenges of quitting --lots of info and consistent support here. 
Relearning life without the smokes is a one day at a time deal. You do not have to know how you will take breaks for the rest of your life, just practice doing something else and take it one day at a time. First few days of quitting can bring on a restlessness and urgency to find complete solutions right now. Breath, accept your quit tasks…
 Yes, you can find your peace with this issue of leaving the smoking life behind. Ur--one smober day at a time. Keep focusing on your strengths.
So much to gain by letting go of the addiction! Once you are over it, clarity sets in about how much of an addiction. Keep searching for your very own reason to quit--it may be a lot closer than you think.
 I have come to believe that smoking is entirely an addiction. Quitting is not about weakness or strength-- it's about accepting a long-term recovery---and I don't mean pain and suffering for a long time and then recovery--I mean, it's about looking at smoking differently.  
Quitting nicotine is about relearning life without the smokes--the cigs (or the nicotine hits by the hour--takes only a few second for the drug to hit the brain and cause a sense of relief--addiction relief is all that it is). Getting off nicotine takes time, not necessarily a long time---but breaking the delusion that the nicotine addiction…
The addiction can make quitting seem like a betrayal of something that seems all important and vital--the cigs are only the delivery system for nicotine which is a powerful drug. It doesn't feel that way because we take it/took it constantly. The reality of not liking smoking, but craving a cigarette can leave one feeling split in two at the start of a quit.  BUT all of this can be turned around with a plan, a support system.   Quitting is a journey of undoing the nicotine dependency--and it, of course, starts with putting the cigs down.

 It was once suggested to me that when I or (addicts for that matter) get down, blue, in the dumps that it might be time to grow. It was also suggested to me that I could improve my spirits by doing something that once worked but that I hadn't tried in a long time, or try something new.  I still have to pull my self out of the dumps at times in various ways. Reasons to feel blue come and go. They don't last forever and they don't stay away forever.

Because smoking cigs is really an addiction to nicotine, the start of quitting is all about finding a way to make it through the ugly and weird cravings --so that your head can clear and keep clearing as you get more confident in your smobriety. As smokers, we really don't think of the cigs as containing an extremely powerful drug...it just seems like smoke from dried tobacco. Not good for you, but an addiction? But it is. 
Just keep your desire to quit alive and keep working it. Discouragement is not your friend. Keep looking for inspiration and encouragement...there is plenty of that at Ex for sure. Yes, you can, one day at a time.

 

Thank you maryfreecig

 Here is her brief story.

maryfreecig Archived Profile 

 

 

The Countess of EX

Some of you may not know ShawnP

Shawn directs and works

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Did you know?

 

Shawn maintains and updates the files that count the days for the Freedom Train milestone celebrations?

 “That’s a LOT of WORK”!

The Countess also helps to keep count of the number of cigarettes thrown in the Annual Bonfire.

“That's a LOT of COUNTING”.

You can Count on the Countess to get the count correct.

You Can Count on The Countess to be one of the first to request prayer for the members.

You Can Count on The Countess to look for volunteers to assist on projects.

 You Can Count on The Countess to send out a help wanted ad.

(If you are looking for a job, let her know)

You can Count on the Countess to find one for you. 

You Can Count on The Countess to point you in the right direction.

You can Count on the Countess to give you the right instructions.

You Can Count on The Countess to send beautiful graphics greetings.

You can Count on the Countess to let you know if the Freedom Train isn’t running properly.

You can Count on the Countess as the backup Conductress for the Freedom Train.

You Can Count on The Countess to get it right.

You can Count on the Countess to give you good honest advice, here is some: Achieving the Goal 

 

THE JOURNEY IS THE REWARD........................................ Sootie

 

This Elder is bit on the quiet side but when she speaks one should listen.

While on her page read some of her blogs, she is quite the storyteller. 

Here are just a few suggestions.

 

 Now We're All Here Together...................... 

IS QUITTING SMOKING HARD WORK? 

Confession #1

I was very EXcited that  EX was coming to my town and thrilled that I was saving $$$$$$.  

Confession #2

Along with that EXcitement came a little bit of anxiety. This was my first EX reunion. What will it be like?  How will I be received?  

Confession #3

Oh well it was good, and it got better and better and better. I got to spend a grand time with some of the most special, kind, funny, thoughtful, and considerate folks I have met.  I had a grand time in my own town with EXer's.

Confession #4

There was a moment (hunger attack)and had to wait late for dinner.  When hungry, I turn into an Angry Black Woman.  Thanks to Youngatheart.7.4.12's kettle popcorn you did not get to see it.    

Confession #5

Sometimes we take what we are blessed with for granted.  Thanks to all of you for reminding me how much fun it can be living here.  

Confession #6

And then it was over. Some I had not been able to only spend a short time with and still wanted to get to know you all a little better. 

Confession #7  I was so sad and felt so alone, enough like crying  Gosh what the hell!   Well, I had my memories and I starting posting them to my bulletin board and sharing pictures here online. That made me feel better....and then I got the call fromShawnP  "flight delayed".  

Confession #8   Sorry for your delay but glad to help and have your company.  I knew right away it was meant and heaven sent.   I got a chance to spend quality time with a very special young lady.  Thank you God.  

Confession #9  I wanted to make a strawberry shortcake for you guys but never got to it.

Confession #10  "Love you all the most".  Can hardly wait for EX6!

If you have not read it take the time.  It may just stop you from complaining about wanting to smoke.

 You are probably going to think I am a B*tch but..... 

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