While the below post was originally started as a daily parade, the real messages in here are timeless and should be seen by members for a long time. Feel free to add your own past exeperiences here, your earlier misfortune may some day save someone elses quit--and who know's, coming back days, weeks, months or years from now and seeing this string again may just save your own quit and with it, your life. The underlying lesson in all these experiences is that to stay smoke free you must never take another puff!
|From: Joel. (Original Message)||Sent: 12/27/2001 6:36 AM|
Yesterday the parade didn't start until after 7:00 p.m.
Things do get a bit slow here around the holidays. Since things are slow
I thought I would take this opportunity to use today's parade
as an opportunity to do a little exercise.
Most of our members have had past quits.
Some of these quits actually lasted a long time.
I know in clinics I usually get a few people in every group who had lost
quits over 5 years, 10 years and occasionally even 20 or 30 years
quits who then relapsed.
Since we have set up Freedom as a site to prevent relapse,
and since we don't want any of our members to learn from
the future mistakes by any other member, lets learn from past mistakes.
This string can help serve this purpose.
Let's use it illustrate just how addictive nicotine is.
I have written often that what really shows the addictive nature of
nicotine is not how hard it is to get off of it,
but rather how easy it is to go back after a quit.
Share your past experience so as to help others as well as yourself
remember that no longer how long an ex-smoker is off cigarettes,
they only way to stay off now is by still remembering to
N E V E R T A K E A N O T H E R P U F F !