I see on many boards, and even on our board at times where people find the need to start a diversion thread. I've been thinking about that a little and had some thoughts I want to share. Why would anyone log onto a quit smoking support group to divert their attention from quitting smoking. Hopefully people have a life outside the Internet. They should have family and friends and co-workers and clubs and voluntary organizations that could use their help if they have the time so spare, or more accurately the time to share.
If not, there are boards on the Internet whose sole purpose is to meet and talk to people who want to share thoughts and opinions on hundreds to thousands of topics. All these sources can help these people socialize, but most of them are limited on how much help they can offer a person to quit smoking.
I realize as I am running live 6-day clinics, that are supposed to be an hour and a half long but run over two hours and then having to be thrown out of the building so the maintenance crew can lock up an go home for the weekend, that every minute of time is spent on discussing different aspects of smoking and quitting and staying off. To divert the groups attention to other areas is taking away needed time of focus on quitting. It is not that we want people to fixate on not smoking 24 hours a day. But we do want some special time to focus their priority of not smoking so that they are prepared through the day for the times where other people or situations trigger the smoking thoughts.
So no one here should ever feel the need to divert the board's attention from quitting smoking. Quitting smoking is why people came here originally and why they stay. To reinforce their own resolve and to reinforce everyone else's, especially our newest members. We want people to grow more secure in their quits so that they have time and resolve to face other diversions, or more accurately, time and strength to live their life. Smoking was robbing people of this time, both in the present when smoking was pulling them away from others just to keep the person ability to once again deliver another drug fix and in the long run by taking off years and decades of their actual life by prematurely killing them. So by joining up here keep in mind, we are trying to help you get more time for your life, not turn your time over to us.
So while here devote your time to focusing your attention on why you quit smoking and to helping others focus their attention on not smoking too. You will give yourself and each other the greatest gift possible--more time to live, both quality time and healthier time. In a way you can have the time of your life here but simply reinforcing your decision to never take another puff!