~~This letter is to you. The you that's had a rough week. The you that seems to be under constant storm clouds. The you that feels invisible. The you that doesn't know how much longer you can hold on. The you that has lost faith. The you that always blames yourself for everything that goes wrong. To you. You are incredible. You make this world a little bit more wonderful. You have so much potential and so many things left to do. You have time. Better things are coming your way, so please hang in there. You can do it.~~ Unknown
Betcha thought I am going to give you a rah-rah post. You can quit!! Just give it time!! It'll be ok!!
Oh, no...furthest thing from my mind today. Because there are kids out there who have no one who loves them at all. There are seniors slowly dying from acute loneliness in nursing homes. There are trauma victims who need support as they navigate through pain and humiliation. There are families who live in shame. There are people hoping for a friend.
This world desperately needs you. It needs your compassion, your strength, your wisdom, your talents. It needs your smile and your gentle touch and your understanding and your very being. It needs your voice, your outrage, your leadership, your heart.
And let me add, dear quitters, that the very best way to distract yourself from craving a cigarette is to put yourself out there for others. Get involved. Volunteer. Care. And know deep in your soul that you may be the very miracle that someone else has been waiting for. You may be the friend they need. The saving grace they hoped for. The difference they needed to remain on this earth.
You do indeed make this world a little more wonderful....and now it is time to pass it forward. Drop of some large-print books to a nursing home and talk to the residents. Become a foster parent and be that anchor for a child in need. Cut someone's grass who struggles to get it done. Buy a board game and donate it to a local agency that works with families in need.
There are so many opportunities to shine your light. If you've ever doubted that you've mattered in this world, look into the eyes of a lonely person who has just made a friend. Look into the eyes of a child who has been given his first birthday party. Look into the eyes of a senior who has been asked to 'remember when...'. Yes, you matter!! Yes, you are needed!! Yes, you are that miracle that someone somewhere is praying for.
So rather than nail-bite your way through the first months of your quit, give of yourself instead. Rather than agonize over those craving moments, make a child smile. Rather than wonder when it's going to get better, make it better for someone else. You will feel the benefits, too. And you will know the miracle of making connections.
And if any of you....any one of you....are the you above, let me just reiterate YOU ARE INCREDIBLE!! I read these posts and I secretly applaud you and I wish you nothing but the very best in life Because you deserve it. Now, go out and let someone else know that they are incredible, too.