The way people will recognize this over time is to get through new stresses and life changes, coming through them smoke free and doing an honest assessment comparing how they dealt with them this time and how you dealt with and felt when they experienced similar circumstances in the past while they were still a smokers.
People will usually realize in retrospect that they did overcome the traumatic times quicker and more effectively as ex-smokers. They will survive all life changes with their health, their quit and their life more intact as long as they always remember to never take another puff!
I hope it's ok to make a comment about this here.
THIS really hits home with me right now. This is part of my journey that I find absolutely amazing. I have had some issues I have faced head on recently and was pleasantly surprised how rational my thinking and how the old anxiety attack during an uncomfortable stress-producing situation DID NOT HAPPEN.
In the past these similar situations would have caused my heart to start pounding, my mind to start spinning, I would start doubting myself and then I'd back out of the situation, run away from the situation, be completely miserable for days and smoke myself sick thinking I was somehow relieving the stress and truly believing I was too weak to deal with the situation.
Not so now, I am proud to say!!!!!
I now face similar situations feeling strong, totally in control and able to deal with the situation.
It is TRULY amazing and an absolutely wonderful feeling. For even that reason alone I could NEVER consider going back to smoking!
Sandy - Free and Healing for Eight Months, Twenty Two Days, 10 Hours and 50 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 11 Days and 2 Hours, by avoiding the use of 3197 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $1,293.08.