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Oct 18 06 6:44 AM
Greetings & Salutations,
It's been quite a while now since I have posted here in my journal. I had a situation come up this weekend
that has got me thinking about Freedom again ..... Yesterday was 2 years & 7 months of freedom from nicotine. This last weekend however, I got to face
complacency head on
At my weekend job where I am typically surrounded by smokers because it's at a bowling center. I had to go
into the back and fix a pinsetter that a cable came off of and while in the process of the repairs, I cut my finger and it was bleeding enough that I had to
but a band-aid on it so as not to get blood on the lane. When I opened the box of band-aids .... there was a 1/2 pack of Marlboro's (my old brand) with a
lighter inside of it. Talk about getting smacked in the face with an AHHHHHHHH memory!!!! This was Saturday night & the thoughts just kept on coming even
into Sunday when I was back at work knowing that pack of cancer sticks was just sitting there under the counter.
I can see just how easily complacency can sneak in on you and catch you off guard. Let me ask you this 1 question
... how do you ... yes you ... deal with complacency. I believe that everyone deals with it in different ways and lord knows there are many of them out there.
For me .... I thought of a couple of different things. First, I thought of everything that I had to go thru when I first quit smoking. Lord knows that I
sure don't ever want to have to go thru all of that again. Second .... I thought of the people that helped me to get where I am today .... my family, my
friends, and my heros ... those who lost their lives yet still shared with all of us here .... Honor our Fallen Comrades Parade. It's been quite a ride, but ohhhh so worth it. Your quit, like mine, needs to be nurtured & maintained to keep it
strong and up the task at hand. It does not matter whether you quit for 5 days, 5 months, or 5 years ..... never forget your commitment that you made to
yourself to remain nicotine free. It really does get easier as time goes by, but don't let complacency sneak up on you and take you by surprise. I truely
appreciate all that Freedom and Whyquit have taught me .... that is why today I can shout out loud .....
I have been Free and Healing for Two Years, Seven Months, One Day, 2
Hours and 47 Minutes,
while extending my life expectancy 65 Days and 15 Hours, by avoiding the use of 18902
delivery devices that would have cost me $4,913.97.
In a nutshell .... the choice is ours to make. We all have the power to make the choice to remain
free ... or to return to a life of slavery controlled by nicotine ... a chemical which has no IQ, shows no mercy, and does not discriminate. I have chosen to
remain free. I hope that you do the same!!!!!!
Jason Working on Gold X 3
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Mar 16 09 9:59 AM
Hello Freedom ....
It's been a long time since I posted to my journal. I have been off living life since I am no longer a slave to Nicotine.
In fact, as of today, it has been 5 years since I have consumed nicotine. I have to be honest in saying that over all,
outside of being a parent, this is the toughest journey that I have ever embarked on. Especially the first 6 months.
Like everything else in life, it just kept getting easier as time passed by. I am no longer a slave to nicotine. Even after
5 years though, those memories which are like fleeting dreams/nightmares, will just pop up out of nowhere to remind
me of who I used to be, but they are just that ... memories of who I once was, not who I am now. Nicotine no longer
has any control over my life & has not for 5 years today. While the journey was very difficult, with the help of freedom &
all the people here, I like many others have succeeded in obtaining my freedom from a chemical with absolutely no
IQ that held such a stong grip on my life.
I emplore all you newbies ... Hold on to your quits tight for although it my be the toughest fight of your life, it is also
one of the most gratifying when take back control of your life & commit to Never Taking Another Puff. This is a
choice about how you want to live your life. Do you want to live being dependent on some chemical that is more
than likely to lead to a long, slow, and painful death? Or would you perfer to stand up for yourself and take the harder
path of standing up for yourself and making the choice to stick to your guns and eliminate nicotine from your life all
together? In my mind now, this is a very easy decision... 5 years ago, it was the toughest choice that I believe I have
ever made for myself. I can assure you, no matter how hard this path may be ... it's all worth it when you can sit here
5 years from the time you made that choice & make a post like this one. Yes, I am very proud of myself for what I
have accomplished. I am also very proud of each & every person here who has made that choice to take back control
of your life from nicotine and I will be proud of each & every person who makes the choice to join in on this pathway
to Freedom from Nicotine.
5 Years of Freedom & Loving every smoke free minute of it!!!!!
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THANK YOU, JASON, FOR INSPIRING ME BY YOUR
JOURNAL DOCUMENTATION OF 5 YEARS! THAT IS MORE THAN AWESOME! CONGRATULATIONS!
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Congratulations Jason! It was very inspiring to read your post and journal entries and learn from someone who made it 8 years! I'm only a little over a month, but I feel great and I never want to go back to smoking! Your right about believing in yourself. I wish you several more great years!I have been quit for 1 Month, 1 Week, 2 Days, 2 hours, 17 minutes and 53 seconds (38 days). I have saved $232.56 by not smoking 571 cigarettes. I have saved 1 Day, 23 hours and 35 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 2/16/2012 8:00 AMJenn
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