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Dec 21 04 7:14 AM
I just saw a post by a newer member saying that she got through today because she didn't have the courage to smoke. While smoking should be seen as a
dangerous and deadly activity, I don't think many of our members see smoking as an act of courage.
Linda talked about courage in this thread--the courage to quit. I thought it seemed to be a good place to discuss what really is a courageous act--which is
taking control of your addiction and keep control of it by staying committed to never take another puff!
"Some of us have been lucky.......some of us are suffering and still more of us
do not know what the future holds.....but what we do know is that we are finally quitting.....finally saying enough is enough and wondering why in the world we
did not have the guts or courage to quit and quit for good before. "
"And may it tell our younger quitters that we wish that we had had the courage at their age to do what they are doing now.....gaining their freedom so they
don't have to worry when they become our age about what damage they have done to their bodies."
Dec 21 04 8:34 PM
I just saw this thread up here....I had seen it before. It was one of the first threads that helped me believe I could do it! Thanks Linda!
I have been reading, reading, reading and more reading. I am SO awesomely impressed, most of the time, with my quit....the other part of the time,
I am challenged, and reading at Freedom. Whenever I am challenged and I come to Freedom and read and get more education and wisdom, I end up, well,
awesomely impressed again!
I have included my "current" favorite string with a quote that is helping me hold my quit TIGHT. For today, after 40 years, I am NOT
Turning the Corner... Acceptance - a couple of times and I hold this quote from
it dear....dear because when I read it, I knew someone knew and I felt "safe"! I am
playing for keeps !!!: "We
question a future where celebrations and defeats, excitement and boredom are experienced without the presence of the powerful drug to which we were actively
addicted for years. We question our mettle. We've made it this far, and we've proven to ourselves that it's doable.
But, now we're playing for keeps. This is for good. This is permanent. Can we imagine the rest of our life
as an ex-smoker?"
Katie - After 40 Years! Free and Healing for Two Months, One Day, 3 Hours and 9 Minutes, while extending my life
expectancy 3 Days and 16 Hours, by avoiding the use of 1056 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me
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......for the first time in our lives, can look in the mirror and smile at ourselves
and think.....wow....I did it and am I sure proud!! For some of us it has been somewhat difficult....but many of us forty
year plusers...have found the quitting has been the biggest relief of our lives. Quitting was lots easier than we expected. We found that not only do we
breathe better, smell better, look better....but we walk taller, we smile more and we have learned that no matter how long we've smoked....we can stake our claim to FREEDOM by choosing to follow the One Rule - No Nicotine Today
40+ year smoker not yet 49 years old, sad but true. Can anyone quit - if you truly believe then you will
Until 1/9/2005 I never thought I would dream of writing - I'm a nicotine addict and ex-smoker who is finding
comfort just being me. Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is a mystery yet to unfold, so live today like it's your last cause it just may be and choose to NTAP
just like me and all of the Freedom family.
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