| A Warning About Quit Journals Quit journals are a mechanism for individuals to keep track of their own thoughts and progress in quitting. At times quit journals seem to become a meeting place for people to come in and buddy up with others who are in their same stages of quitting (See BuddySystems). There are times that it becomes obvious that newer members find these journals and spend the bulk of their time reading the experiences and insights of other new quitters as opposed to spending their time reading and learning from all of our more seasoned members and from all of the articles we have made available at the site. |
It is ill advised for new members to be spending their time in the journals of others. If it becomes obvious that members are spending their time writing personal messages or generally socializing in each others quit journals, we will remove those journals.
We have the following rules spelled out in Our Courtesy and Rules:
There is one thing that makes our goal a little different than many Internet based sites. We don't want people to sacrifice time from other areas of their lives and getting hooked on the board. In the beginning few days this is common, where new members really do spend an inordinate amount of time reading and learning and trying to strengthen their resolve. This is during the time period when many people do find their lives centered around not smoking. Over time though, life should not need to be centered around not smoking, it should be centered around living your life. Being really successful means that you have developed the ability of being with family, friends, doing your job, and meeting your normal day to day demands without constantly thinking about smoking or about quitting.
We don't want new members or people first looking at our site who are just considering quitting to think that quitting smoking is going to be a major time commitment or something that is going to consume the rest of their lives. Quitting smoking is going to buy you lots of time and allow you the ability to live your life to the fullest.
We know not everyone has time to stop by and write everyday. Some people don't have time to write every week or even every month. But do try to find the time to stop by and read every once in a while. Taking a few minutes to read can help to secure your quit. Securing your quit can help to buy you years and maybe even decades of extra time of a healthier and higher quality life. Make a point of stopping by every now and then to to read and strengthen your commitment and resolve to never take another puff!
Freedom is a tool to help you with your quit. We are giving you an addiction education. But you need to keep these lessons with you, incorporate the education into your general knowledge and way of life. Your success is contingent on you and you alone. Your quit is contingent on only you remembering that to stay smoke free you must never take another puff!