~~Be confused, it's where you begin to learn new things. Be broken, it's where you begin to heal. Be frustrated, it's where you start to make more authentic decisions. Be sad, because if we are brave enough we can hear our heart's wisdom through it. Be whatever you are right now. No more hiding. You are worthy, always.~~ S.C. Lourie
I work with broken people. I work with the sad. I work with the frustrated. Others may call them addicts and criminals and lazy and worthless. I don't see that. I truly don't. I see the potential. I see the possibilities. I see the worthiness. I see the wonder.
We are so very hard on each other, aren't we sometimes? We skim the surface of someone and decide based on that impression whether they are worthy of our time and effort. It's often times no different when we look in the mirror. We see the shame and the humiliation and the failures and the flaws. We see things we have sometimes been told are there. We see things we sometimes feel are there. And we never look at the heart...the spirit...the soul of who we are.
Quitting is much, much more difficult when we hate ourselves. When we don't like our worlds. When we think "Why bother?" How can we do something so good for ourselves when we think the worst? It doesn't...and shouldn't...work that way. It's only when we begin to see that glimmer of who we want to be...who we should be...that we begin to change that horrible image of ourselves and therefore change our thinking about smoking.
I think, then, maybe we should start healing. Start hoping. Start forgiving. Start loving. Ourselves as well as others. Because then we can begin to believe we deserve good things. Health. Happiness. Confidence. Joy. Freedom.
I see possibilities in people. I see the potential. I see the wonder. I can't make you see it. I can promise you it's there, though. It is. And once you begin to glimpse the wonder that you are, you will begin to heal. Begin to make more authentic decisions. Begin to be brave enough to hear your heart's wisdom. No more hiding then. You will understand that you always have been worthy of the best life has to offer. And there is nothing better than being smoke free.