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Freedom is DifferentIf you are a new arrival to Freedom, looking in and trying to compare what you see here to what you'll find at other forums, it's really rather simple. This is one place on the Internet where the actively feeding nicotine addict gets no voice. We each already know most of the excuses used in order to justify that next fix, or used to attempt to explain relapse, and the time for games is over.
If you're looking for a fun filled place to make lots of new friends, a place that celebrates birthdays, anniversaries, hundreds of national or religious holidays, or where each new world current event gets discussion, focus or tribute, this isn't it.
But if you're looking for a place that attempts to take your freedom, health and life expectancy as seriously as the risks posed by your addiction, then you are in the right place. The risk that continuing dependency upon smoking nicotine will permanently impair or cripple your mind and health is tremendous. The risk that smoking will deprive you of 13 to 14 years of life is 50%.
Only in a drug addict's mind is an exchange of 5,000 sunrises for one chemical a rational trade. If you're not afraid to explore an addict's mind then you're in the right place.
We ask that you check your ego and sensitivities at the door as words are the only window we have into the junkie mind. Honesty may feel like tough love but do expect our members to notice and explore every potential denial minimization, rationalization and blame transference they see, as to ignore them is to leave you with fuel for relapse.
This can be the most amazing adventure we'll ever make if only we'll open our minds to the possibility that the real quitting took place on the day nicotine took control. Millions of words here at Freedom but just one guiding principle determining the outcome for all (a principle that will always be our common bond) ... no nicotine today, Never Take Another Puff, Dip, or Chew! John (Gold x5)
|From: Joel.||Sent: 9/13/2001 12:08 PM|
| I am bringing this one up again because I want to reemphasize the importance of keeping Freedom focused on not smoking. We appreciate that most of the rest of our members from other countries are behind America at this terrible time, but in fact we are not an American board, and we are not a board focused on any political or ideological issues, no matter how popular they may be. We are a truly international site whose members share one purpose--to break free and stay free from tobacco. |
People come here to focus their attention on the importance of their quits. It is not that we are trying to be an escape here from other world issues. We all suspect most of our members are absorbed a good part of their days now on other issues and keeping apprised of such matters are likely of great importance. But I would suspect that if anyone here went to a bulletin board designed for supporting victims of terrorism and started writing about quitting smoking issues, you'd either be ignored or ridiculed by the majority of members there.
I would hope neither situation would happen, that instead of being ignored or ridiculed you'd be directed to go to a support group whose interest was helping you to quit smoking. That is what we feel here, that if any of our members feels the need to let out feelings on terrorism or support of America, spend time at sites dedicated to those premises. But spend your time here supporting your quit or helping others support their quits.
We are Freedom from Tobacco, and our members here are fighting to sustain their health and enhance the quality and lengths of their lives. They accomplish these goals by continuing to reinforce their focus and resolve to never take another puff!
What kind of focus would Noni have found if she'd arrived here while there was still time to make a difference? We're told that one-quarter of all adult smokers will die in middle-age. It may be true but let us dedicate ourselves to never being party to helping make it happen. Just one rule ... no nicotine today, Never Take a Puff!