Today I had the serendipitous privilege of help an 80 year old woman who had smoked since she was 12 keep her quit. A long standing customer at my place of employment I know her on first name basis. She came in to check on her bill and began telling me she had quit smoking 8 days ago and felt so miserable she was thinking of buying a pack of cigarettes when she left my office.
I said "Oh Ginny, please don't do that," and I began talking. I talked about my quit. When I quit, what I did to pass those moments, what I learned about the addiction part... I told her she was already past the worst part, why would she want to go back to that square. I told her how good I felt now since I quit.
.I talked about everything I could think of. Talked and talked and talked. Finally she said well I've stood here long enough that I don't need a cigarette anymore, I think I'll go see my sister. She took my hand and thanked me and she left.
She is a customer not a friend so I have no way of knowing whether she is still smoke free. But I do know I helped her get through one moment with one crave that kept her smoke free through at least a visit with her sister. And that was an incredible feeling.
Stick to your quit folks. It repays you in amazing ways
273 DOF and lovin it.