so i was sitting out on a pier last night with two of my closest friends. it was a little chilly, a little late, and the conversation was a little deep. for me it was the perfect time for a cigarette. the crave was in my body and the crazy thoughts were in my head.
and then the strangest thing happened - i used what i've learned in the past 12 days. i watched my girlfriend pull a cigarette out of her pack and i reminded myself that she wasn't smoking because it was a perfect thing to do in a perfect moment, but because she was reaching the end of a nicotine cycle and her body was demanding more. i watched her and i reminded myself that she wasn't smoking because she wanted to, but because she had to. this wasn't an ideal moment that she was getting to fulfill and i wasn't (just one of the crazies in my brain); this was chemical dependency. i didn't smoke, the crave passed, and i can breathe easy today. =)
so i was wondering - what are some of the tools you use when you get triggered? i want my tool box to be full. i want to have the best possible defense against the first puff that i never want to take.