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Mar 25 05 7:47 PM
For people who are observing Good Friday and Easter this weekend. I want people who got "rid of smoking" during Lent to be especially careful now.
There are people who ritually "give up" things for Lent with the full expectation that as soon as the holiday passes than can go back to the food or
activity again. That is why it is crucial for all people who may have quit during the season of Lent to acknowledge that quitting smoking was not an activity
that they "gave up" for Lent but rather "got rid of " at a time that just happened to be during the Lent season.
You will be able to stay free from smoking during all holiday and non-holiday seasons by always remembering to stick to your commitment to never take
Getting though a special holiday, gathering, meeting, test, wedding,
funeral, flight, movie or a host of other non day to day events can be tricky for a person who has not kept himself or
herself mentally prepared. That is the key to keep the risk of relapse minimized when facing new situations--being mentally
prepared by keeping ones reasons for quitting strong and reasons for wanting to stay smoke free reinforced.
The mindset that should be used to get through holidays is kind of the
same mindset that a person should use when getting through quit milestones. Getting through a week or a month, or a year or
a decade is great. But getting though today, whether it is your first day or you thousandth day is the greatest
accomplishment of all when it comes to addiction. For if you have a friend who had been totally smoke free for the previous
few decades, but happened to have blown his or her quit last night--today is really a lousy day for him or her in regards
to nicotine addiction. For all practical purposes, you are much further along and secure in your quit than this person
is--even if today is only your second or third day being nicotine free.
So congratulations on getting through your first Lent
season smoke free. More important now though is staying resolute in your resolve to get through today. To be able to
keep celebrating all holidays smoke free, as well as all weekdays and weekends for the rest of your life is as simple now
as just remembering to never take another puff!
P.S. In case this looks familiar, I used the same concept at New
Years, Christmas and at Thanksgiving. I meant to use it on St. Valentines Day but I forgot. I will likely have
it up again at Memorial Day and if anyone is experiencing another holiday that they had somehow associated with smoking
feel free to copy and paste this post and just exchange the holiday name. Sure it seems redundant but the same
principle applies to all holidays and events and you can never say it enough that to stay free during all holidays
and non-holidays is as simple as remembering to stick to your commitment to never take another puff!
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Nicotine is not a reward. Why would we ruin a wonderful picnic, a day with the
family, or an evening under the stars watching fireworks by inhaling the toxic fumes of a burning weed? That sounds like punishment to me! (Smells
like it too.)
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