Come, fly with me ...

Starshinegrl Gold
Starshinegrl Gold

October 29th, 2005, 6:28 pm #1

If you are out for a walk today with your eyes open,
you will notice so many beautiful things around you.
You might see a rainbow, trees in striking autumn colours,
a kingfisher flying along a riverbank or
you might even happen to see this butterfly -
proudly and gracefully spreading its wings and basking in the sunshine.
Such a graceful and fragile looking being.
And yet: have you ever thought about the life of a butterfly?
You know it had to find its way out of its cocoon
and through a complete transformation
to become this wonderful creature.
It had to learn so many things like how to spread its fragile wings and fly,
where to find shelter from rain, hail, or wind,
how to deal with all sorts of unknown dangers life might throw its way,
how to find its daily food, but
it might also just find some time to relax and enjoy the sunshine
- or walkers passing by.
The butterfly does not need a nicotine fix to live!
Neither do YOU!
It just lives and embraces its life free from any kind of addiction!
You CAN, too!
You should give yourself the chance to find out
how you could experience a life-altering transformation as well.
Just stop using nicotine, go for it
and you, too, will discover how much your life will change for the better!
Gitte
337 days and a bit
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forza d animo
forza d animo

October 29th, 2005, 8:28 pm #2

Buon Giorno Gitte,
I have other things to do this morning but I stopped by to read a bit before doing them and happened upon you post. Hmmm, a beautiful butterfly. I looked at the picture for a long time. Isn't it remarkable the symmetry in its wings, not just the shape but the patterns upon them. What remarkable colors too - Such distinct patterns that look like eyes staring back at me, almost like a deer or a fox. An amazing picture of an amazing creature.

What does this have to do with living nicotine free? Well, had I not quit smoking and found this website over 1 year ago, it is likely I never would have seen this picture which took up about 5 minutes of my day. Nor would I have taken the time to appreciate it, if I had found it, because I likely would have had to go outside to refill my nicotine tank.

Living without the ball and chain is amazing. I mean, in the past we all just willing dragged it around with us, picked it up and put it in the car on the seat next to us, took it to work, everywhere we went we dragged it with us. It wasn't until we took it off, that we realized how much it encumbered us and interfered with our ability to take a walk and notice a beautiful butterfly that just lit on a flower beside us.

Thanks for sharing the picture and your words with us this morning.

Joseph
Gold and just a weee bit.
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suzyhurley
suzyhurley

October 29th, 2005, 11:07 pm #3

Gitte,
It's a beautiful fall morning here in Minnesota. The river bluffs are alive with the colors of the turning maple trees and it's a good day for apple cider!!
Thank you for your thoughts this morning and for your tireless comittment to all of us here. With the change of season I have the chance to renew my promise to myself. I can remain nicotine as long as I remember to NTAP!!! Glorious Saturday to all!

Suzy
Free and Healing for Nine Months, Twenty Six Days, 11 Hours and 35 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 26 Days and 2 Hours, by avoiding the use of 7512 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $1,140.84.
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Shinelady Gold3282003
Shinelady Gold3282003

October 30th, 2005, 1:16 am #4

Gitte, I love the comparison of the transformation of the butterfly to the changes within ourselves. It's really a wonderful , beautiful gift we have given ourselves when we decided to quit smoking, but like anything else that is worthwhile it takes a bit of effort. Your thoughts remind me of another post made a couple years ago . This one had quite the same kind of analogy . If you haven't already seen it, I think you will enjoy it. We are all Butterflies :o) Thank you Gitte for all that you do to inspire and lift us up to the task of being successful in our quits.
yqs, sue-GoldX2
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Starshinegrl Gold
Starshinegrl Gold

November 4th, 2005, 8:38 pm #5


Hi, guten Tag and buon giorno again to everybody reading this.

Thank you, Joseph, for also sharing your thoughts and for the compliment about the photo.
I still remember the moment I took it - I used to be so angry with myself that it was to be another 3 months until I started living without the ball and chain. It really is amazing and I just wish I could somehow magically show everybody still smoking or going through the first initial stages of their quits, that this journey is so worth it.

Suzy, how nice to see you again. I hope you are having another good, nicotine free autumn day in Minnesota and that you still Dance Just Because You Can.

Sue, would you believe this: I don't remember having read the string you put in here. Thank you!
I know the butterfly story but I truly loved the posts in that string. I had to smile when I saw your reply as your butterfly also took the time to enjoy the beauty around it.

I also know that the analogy of butterflies is used quite often here at Freedom and at whyquit.

By the way: have you tested your quit smoking IQ yet?

When I saw the beautiful picture in there, it really moved me and I just wanted to put it into a post or a parade somewhere on the Freedom boards but then found out that it would probably have been too big a size.

Another thank you to John, who seems to be ever so busy now that he is no longer an active manager of but still so much a part of this site and who also loves butterflies.

Yes, let's all be butterflies and invite whoever might be reading this and who is still using nicotine and thinking about quitting to get rid of their own personal ball and chain and to finally come out of their cocoons and spread their wings.

Even if it might not look or feel like it in the very beginning: you will come to appreciate and love your freedom, promise.

Gitte
343 days and a bit
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TOM DPLN1 GOLD
TOM DPLN1 GOLD

November 4th, 2005, 9:45 pm #6

Beautiful post Gitte.

NTAP

Tom, 23 months
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mslindy6
mslindy6

November 5th, 2005, 11:30 am #7

Gitte

A beautiful and meaningful analogy .....butterflies are free

Thank you for posting it.



Linda - Free and Healing for Eight Months, Two Days, 20 Hours and 30 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 17 Days and 5 Hours, by avoiding the use of 4957 nicotine delivery devices
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TickTockGold
TickTockGold

November 8th, 2005, 12:18 pm #8

guten abend, Gitte

As usual you have expressed yourself and your thoughts so beautifully I am at a loss for words to reply. I love reading your posts. Have a great smoke free day, and always remember the promise you made to yourself to NTAP

YQS Dina - Free and Healing for One Year, Seven Months, Twenty Days, 22 Hours and 9 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 52 Days and 1 Hour, by avoiding the use of 14998 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $6,149.60.
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squirrelgirl01
squirrelgirl01

November 10th, 2005, 5:45 am #9

Bravo Gitte Bravo
Beautiful post & Yes I will come fly with you~
Karla
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John (Gold)
John (Gold)

November 10th, 2005, 6:32 am #10


Thanks for all you give to others, Gitte, including your butterfly. Your words, "I just wish I could somehow magically show everybody still smoking or going through the first initial stages of their quits, that this journey is so worth it" really hit home. It's a feeling shared by many of us.

I still recall the actively feeding me saying things like, "... and ex-smokers, they're the worst of all!!!" Little did any of us then appreciate from where their zealousness flowed. They'd come to meet and know the hidden butterfly inside, and they wanted so very badly to share honest yet indescribable truths will all still in bondage.

It was not us to surrender control of more than 200 neurochemicals to nicotine's two-hour half-life inside our bloodstream. It wasn't us to need a nicotine induced adrenaline rush when the moment called for relaxation. It wasn't us to steal an unearned dopamine "aaahhh" reward sensation when the moment called for sadness or sorrow. It wasn't us to add the onset of early withdrawal from the alkaloid nicotine to each stressful acid producing event like threw our way - to never really know what a stressful situation felt like on its own.

It was hard work living life from inside nicotine's cocoon. Thank you again, Gitte, for this year of sharing and caring. It's the same educated zealousness that's sustained Freedom since the day we opened the doors. Still just one guiding principle for each of us, a principle that will always remain our common bond, no nicotine today, Never Take Another Puff!

John (Gold x6)
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Starshinegrl Gold
Starshinegrl Gold

November 10th, 2005, 6:38 pm #11

Tom, Linda, Dina, Karla (so happy to see your squirrel flying with us, too ):
Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

That "thank you", of course, also goes to John, together with a heartfelt "wowsers" (what a nice word and I had never heard it before I came to Freedom).

I love the fact that Freedom opened its doors in the first place. Together with WhyQuit.Com it is THE place on the internet where everybody who is inclined to do so can educate themselves and find everything there is to know about nicotine addiction.

John, you made me . Thank you for your kind words! I will always be grateful to the Fab4-managers and my fellow Freedomites. I am only trying to give back a little bit of what I have received here up to now and what I still continue to receive.

I hope you guys and girls know that you brought a little tear to my eye today and that you have got a tiny notion of what you all mean to me!



Just wanted to add another favourite of mine and just a beautiful post encouraging you as well to be a butterfly: Words For The Healing Soul.

If you are reading this and are still using nicotine: there really is nothing to be scared of ... come on, fly with us and start YOUR journey home!


Gitte
349 days and a bit
( and forever wishing msn would allow us to make changes to our posts after posting )
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JoeJFree Gold
JoeJFree Gold

January 2nd, 2006, 7:38 am #12

If you are reading this and are still using nicotine:
there really is nothing to be scared of ...
come on, fly with us
and start YOUR journey home!

JoeJ - FlyinFree - for 356 Days and counting
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Joanne Gold
Joanne Gold

January 2nd, 2006, 8:16 am #13

Thanks, Joe, what a great post to bring up for the new year! And thank you, Gitte, this thread is just lovely and very inspiring.

Your friend,
Joanne
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John (Gold)
John (Gold)

January 13th, 2006, 10:48 am #14

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Starshinegrl Gold
Starshinegrl Gold

June 1st, 2006, 5:43 pm #15

Oh, 3 Js in a row! Thank you all.

I had wanted to bump this message up yesterday for all those who might be coming here as Welcome World No Tobacco Day Visitors! ... but msn wouldn't let me see the butterfly.

I hope that, if you did come and visit here yesterday, you did see the World No Tobacco Day Parade - just for you and would also like to stress once again that


If you are reading this and are still using nicotine:
there really is nothing to be scared of ...
come on, fly with us
and start YOUR journey home!
Gitte
552 days and a bit
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JoeJFree Gold
JoeJFree Gold

December 22nd, 2006, 8:30 pm #16

If you are reading this and are still using nicotine:
there really is nothing to be scared of ...
come on, fly with us
and start YOUR journey home!

JoeJ - FlyinFree - for 710 Days and counting
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