No Magic Here

Joined: December 18th, 2008, 11:57 pm

April 26th, 2004, 6:56 am #21

Now how did I miss this one? Great post Hillbilly! We've all ordered too many pizzas that are free if not delivered in 30 minutes, I do believe.

A wise friend once told me that the concert pianist is not the one that dreams the hardest about the stage, the lights, the audience, or even the music. A concert pianist is the one who is willing to practice every day.

~ Kay ~
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January 20th, 2005, 2:20 am #22

haven't read this before ... but so true! Thank you, Hillbilly!!

Gitte
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January 20th, 2005, 2:32 am #23

Love this one too...I see Hillbilly Dave is getting alot of "air-time" lately...glad to see it. Always a good read and always on the mark.

Thanks!!!

Sue -Free for Four Months, Six Days, 15 Hours and 2 Minutes, living an extra 14 Days and 7 Hours, didn't smoke 4116 cigs, and saving $868.96.
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Joined: January 16th, 2003, 8:00 am

April 5th, 2006, 3:01 am #24

From above:

I watch newcomers here searching for the magic solution to their problem. That's human nature and I don't criticize that search. Those of us who have been quit a little longer know that it's not magic and never will be. It is one day after another of just not smoking today. It that sounds simplistic, it's because it is. It really is that simple. Just do not smoke today. There's no money to be made from that approach, but it is the one that works.

If you're thinking about quitting or if you're in your first few days or weeks of a quit, please know that it really is simple. Simple does not mean easy, it means uncomplicated. There are no magic bullets, just one day after another of not receiving nicotine into your body.
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April 23rd, 2006, 9:01 pm #25

It all lies within ourselves
NTAP
Thanks Dave
Sue
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April 24th, 2006, 8:11 am #26

"It is one day after another of just not smoking today."

What is hard is living a new way.
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June 26th, 2006, 8:25 am #27

I just loved this - it's so pertinent and really raps our knuckles about thinking there should be a quick fix for everything. We are lazy about dealing with life, preferring to believe there must be an easy way to solve problems, instead of learning and applying knowledge to reach a solution.

Dave, as usual, has pointed out that all the wisdom we need is within ourselves. We just need to keep putting in the work required, apply the requisite amount of patience, and our dreams will become reality. There are no quick fixes - there is only life and how we choose to live it.

One day at a time makes perfect sense. That it doable for us all.

(And this one needs to go in my journal too, along with some other Hillbilly Classics. Some o' them thar darn hillbillies shore are purty wise. Thanks Dave.)

Maria - 68 days free after 38 years
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July 24th, 2006, 8:43 am #28

From above:

There is no cure for nicotine addiction. There is no magic pill or patch or gum or shot that will make our problem go away. The only thing that makes our problem go away is abstinence from nicotine and that's a tough withdrawal to get through. No one makes any money from nicotine abstinence and cold turkey quitting is not popular because smokers think it's too tough.
I watch newcomers here searching for the magic solution to their problem. That's human nature and I don't criticize that search. Those of us who have been quit a little longer know that it's not magic and never will be. It is one day after another of just not smoking today. It that sounds simplistic, it's because it is. It really is that simple. Just do not smoke today. There's no money to be made from that approach, but it is the one that works.

If you're thinking about quitting or if you're in your first few days or weeks of a quit, please know that it really is simple. Simple does not mean easy, it means uncomplicated. There are no magic bullets, just one day after another of not receiving nicotine into your body.
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April 26th, 2007, 10:54 am #29

I just had the opportunity to explain this exact thing to a couple folks.

an exceprt from Dave's original post:
"........It's the same way with smoking. There is no cure for nicotine addiction. There is no magic pill or patch or gum or shot that will make our problem go away. The only thing that makes our problem go away is abstinence from nicotine and that's a tough withdrawal to get through. No one makes any money from nicotine abstinence and cold turkey quitting is not popular because smokers think it's too tough."
Like Dave I too wish I could let folks who have not cleansed themselves of nicotine or who are just beginning to uncover the real person buried under the mountain of denial and rationalizations that come with nicotine addiction what it feels like to live as 'just me' naturally. It is simply wonderful... it feels like how my life was meant to be - should have been all along. Stay the course newbie. This road of recovery is Not always easy but as Dave says it is essentially simple, just ntap.... and live free.


Joe J
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April 26th, 2007, 11:15 am #30

Wow! Just read Dave's first post from 2002. We all want that magic bullet that will make life, and the hard stuff that comes with it, a breeze. In the end it all boils down to one day after another of not smoking. Can't get much simpler than that. Why did it take me 38 years to get here? Oh yeah! Denial!!



Ione

I have been quit for 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 20 hours, 14 minutes and 7 seconds (109 days). I have saved $702.99 by not smoking 1,757 cigarettes. I have saved 6 Days, 2 hours and 25 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 1/6/2007 12:01 AM
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September 24th, 2007, 6:23 am #31

I learned to stop smoking  a number of times  I always said it was, the staying stopped, that was the hardest.
But after reading and reading on this site and learning Never Take Another Puff was the answer to Staying stopped
  
Forgot the most important bit

I have been quit for 1 Year, 6 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 12 hours, 28 minutes and 43 seconds (564 days). I have saved £2,540.33 by not smoking 11,290 cigarettes. I have saved 1 Month, 1 Week, 1 Day, 4 hours and 50 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 08/03/2006 11:04

Cathy xx
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March 16th, 2008, 9:30 pm #32

Hi JuleBull:

As far as I know, Hillbilly (aka real name Dave) has never relapsed since his 2002 quit. He is an active member of an alumnus group, and I believe he is still off nicotine.

I quit in 2001. I am not the BillW who posted a year earlier and vanished.

Screen names get re-used, especially the simple ones, and we used to change them regularly to include our color group.

The rules of this group changed when there was a very public relapse of an 'oldbie', that shocked many of the members. That would have been about 2003. Since then, you do not get to relapse and rejoin. Since the managers have actual names and email addresses, that is enforcable.

Oh, and the oldbie who relapsed? He successfully quit again, and remained nicotine free until his very untimely death about 18 months ago.

Many of us have relapsed (not while Freedom members...) Its how you learn that the Law of Addiction is unbreakable. The only way to curcumvent it is to Never Take Another Puff.

(Now where have I heard that????)

YQB BillW Six years, one month, one week, 66839 cigarettes not smoked, saving $13,200.78. Life saved: 33 weeks, 1 day, 1 hour, 55 minutes.
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March 17th, 2008, 8:00 am #33

Just popped in and caught this. Don't know what JuleBull asked, but my friend BillW tells the truth--since April 2002 I have had no nicotine of any form.

To verify what I wrote so many years ago, there is no magic involved in quitting--just day after day of not taking nicotine into my body. It's simple, not easy, but simple.

I've said that so many times, but at this point in my quit it has actually become easy as well as simple. I no longer stress over my quit; it has become a part of me that will remain with me as long as I live.

Bottom line, you couldn't take a gun to my head and make me smoke. I just don't do that any more.

Dave
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November 1st, 2008, 6:53 am #34

From above:

I watch newcomers here searching for the magic solution to their problem. That's human nature and I don't criticize that search. Those of us who have been quit a little longer know that it's not magic and never will be. It is one day after another of just not smoking today. It that sounds simplistic, it's because it is. It really is that simple. Just do not smoke today. There's no money to be made from that approach, but it is the one that works.

If you're thinking about quitting or if you're in your first few days or weeks of a quit, please know that it really is simple. Simple does not mean easy, it means uncomplicated. There are no magic bullets, just one day after another of not receiving nicotine into your body.
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March 17th, 2010, 4:05 am #35

an exceprt from Dave's original post:
"........It's the same way with smoking. There is no cure for nicotine addiction. There is no magic pill or patch or gum or shot that will make our problem go away. The only thing that makes our problem go away is abstinence from nicotine and that's a tough withdrawal to get through. No one makes any money from nicotine abstinence and cold turkey quitting is not popular because smokers think it's too tough."
Like Dave I too wish I could let folks who have not (yet) cleansed themselves of nicotine, or who are just beginning to uncover the real person buried under the mountain of denial and rationalizations that come with nicotine addiction, see what it feels like to live as 'just me' naturally. Living FREE is simply wonderful... it feels like how my life was meant to be - should have been all along.
Stay the course newbie. This road of recovery is Not always easy but as Dave says it is essentially simple, just ntap.... and live free.



The smoking dream
  - pretty universal occurence and a normal part of our recovery.
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April 16th, 2012, 10:38 am #36

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If you're thinking about quitting or if you're in your first few days or weeks of a quit, please know that it really is simple. Simple does not mean easy, it means uncomplicated. There are no magic bullets, just one day after another of not receiving nicotine into your body.
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April 21st, 2012, 11:13 pm #37

Congratulations, old Friend......

     ... and few people realize just how many ladies you have motivated to quit with your famous phrase....

"I don't smoke and I don't chew, and I don't go with girls who do...."

    Bill W...
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April 26th, 2012, 10:50 am #38

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[font=ARIAL, GEORGIA, 'TIMES NEW ROMAN', TIMES, SERIF][/font][font=ARIAL, GEORGIA, 'TIMES NEW ROMAN', TIMES, SERIF]I watch newcomers here searching for the magic solution to their problem. That's human nature and I don't criticize that search. Those of us who have been quit a little longer know that it's not magic and never will be. It is one day after another of just not smoking today. It that sounds simplistic, it's because it is. It really is that simple. Just do not smoke today. There's no money to be made from that approach, but it is the one that works.

If you're thinking about quitting or if you're in your first few days or weeks of a quit, please know that it really is simple. Simple does not mean easy, it means uncomplicated. There are no magic bullets, just one day after another of not receiving nicotine into your body.
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