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Debating with our junkie selves takes us in circles. Sometimes we need to just grit our teeth and get through the tough moments.
Recognizing that the journey out of active addiction is not fun and games. It is hard, life-saving work that provides a huge pay-off.
No nicotine today. Not one puff. No matter what.
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I really love this old post of Bob's and each time I read it I have to remind myself of something. You see, I
tend to think of myself as a newbie and Bob an oldbie and that is how it is. But just about the time that Bob wrote this I was in the process of
losing a ten year quit. It's sad to think that just a few weeks before that I would have been the
REALLY seasoned oldbie and Bob would have been the newbie. How stupid I was to lose that quit. Words cannot express how frustrated I
am to find myself in the position of quitting again. It doesn't matter whether this quit has been easy or hard, I should not have let myself get to the
stage where, after ten years......TEN YEARS .....for goodness sake... I took another puff. It's scary to think that it was so easy
to lose ten years of freedom. Ten years without once thinking of smoking except to pity other smokers.
Sometimes I fear for this quit but I console myself with the knowledge that although that previous quit had lasted for ten years
I genuinely did not know that I could never take another puff....I wasn't educated in the laws of addiction. This time there is no excuse.....I want this
quit to last longer than ten years and if it doesn't I will only be able to blame myself...I know the rules now.
The really bad thing about that lost quit is that in all those recovery tables, 10 years is the point at which your lungs are
beginning to resemble a non-smokers lungs....don't suppose they are ever fully recovered. But I lost that, and after another 2 and a bit years smoking I
expect I'll have another ten years to wait if not longer.
The rules are clear and I know from all the reading I have done here that I am not alone in having lost a long term quit. Keep
it simple. As John would say there is only one rule.....no nicotine today.
117 days clean and 1410 cigs ignored.
(Imagine what this quit counter would say if I hadn't thrown away my 10 year quit......I'd be up to 12.5 years
now......that's 4562 days!!!)
Just Never Take Another Puff
Jun 12 04 1:57 AM
A bit of wisdom to tuck into your pocket for the weekend!
, Sarah (708 days of one day at a times)
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