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I just love your choice of words, simple and precise. Well said, John!
".....if we plan on living a full life then we're each almost certain to lose someone close. "
I clearly understand the law of addiction and you should, too. I haven't smoked for almost five years and some might say that at this point it must be the comfort that keeps me safe. It is much more than that, a lesson I learned the hard way where ignorance destroyed a six year quit. I took a puff. Take heed, a lesson in which you should learn from the mistakes of others, rather than your own.
We may never be prepared for what lies ahead but we can still be assured that we each have a quit100% guaranteed free of relapse, all we have to do is NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF. (and don't forget, we do that one day at a time)
Losing a loved one is a devastating yet natural part of life But if we can picture ourselves navigating each step of this experience without reaching for nicotine then all lesser challenges will hopefully seem a bit more manageable.
The next few minutes are doable. We're with you in spirit and the millions of archived words here at Freedom boil down to one premise - no nicotine today, Never Take Another Puff! John
Over a two year period Freedom was blessed in seeing true courage in action. We developed a deep admiration, respect and/or love for Kim and then came Kelly's devistating news that she'd left us. Although the sting was deep I doubt any of us thought for a second of using her passing as our mind's excuse for relapse. Just one more invaluable lesson from a most amazing woman. We miss you Kim!
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We can't choose the time when we lose a loved one to life's natural cycle, but we can choose to keep a deadly drug from entering our blood serum.
One day at a time, You can if you think you can!
It is horrible for any mother or father to think about the loss of a child but should the mind ever contemplate this horrific nightmare, let it do so still free and in charge. Ilona, Wednesday morning I received a nightmare phone call that my closest friend had died in her sleep at age 50. I'm still hoping this is some bad dream and I'll awaken soon and together we'll have a chuckle over it.
You may find this hard to believe but seeing this thread again was the very first time since learning of Harriet's passing 54 hours ago that the "thought" of smoking has entered this brain. Even now it isn't a "thought" of me smoking but my sincere hope that when life visits death upon each of you, and it will, that the insanity of adding active drug addiction to your grief will be as clear as it is to me. There was always only one rule ... no nicotine today!
Breathe deep, hug hard, live long,
John (Gold x9)