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Why let obedience to nicotine's two-hour chemical half-life decide when your brain will next sense arrival of an unearned reward, a mood change or stimulation instead of allowing your reactions to life determine when specific neurochemicals next flow? What sense does a mandatory adrenaline rush make when trying to relax or before climbing into bed? What would it be like to go your entire day without once wanting for nicotine? There's only two choices, relapse or recovery and the choice is yours.
Honesty dictates that nicotine relapse is always an option but not one normally chosen by those motivated and educated regarding their dependency. Why would I want a chemical's two-hour half-life inside my body in charge of when, now and where my life was spent? Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me!
Why let obedience to nicotine's two-hour chemical half-life determine when our brain will next sense arrival of an unearned and stolen reward (dopamine), a mood change (serotonin), or when our central nervous system will next be stimulated (adrenaline)? Smoking isn't an option you say? Oh absolutely, just one powerful puff or chew of nicotine and we'll awaken, revive and hand control back to our now arrested dependency. But we agree with your underlying intent, why would we want to again surrender control of our ability to feel and sense the neurochemical flavor of life? Why would we not want to go the distance and taste the quiet mind and amazing sense of calm up ahead?What sense does it make to experience a nicotine induced mandatory central nervous system adrenaline rush when life's moment called for deep relaxation or before climbing into bed? Was that the real you? What sense does it make to reward ourselves with an "aaaahhhhh" sensation upon hearing that someone we love just died? What sense does it make to interrupt life's finest moments and memories so that we can go find a place to replenish our falling blood-serum nicotine level? Is that who we really were?This can be one of the most eye-opening adventures in self-discovery we'll ever make if we'll only allow ourselves to see, feel and sense the beauty unfolding before us ... the gradually emerging beauty that is you! Victory over the next few minutes is all that matters and each minute is doable. Millions of words here at Freedom and www.WhyQuit.com but only one rule ... no nicotine today, Never Take Another Puff, Chew or Dip! John (Gold x5)
Please don't think badly of us!
We know that we fully understand the intent behind a number of well meaning and commonly used recovery mantras. But as smokers we were lied to by so many for so long (including ourselves and our own rationalizations) that we now start with just one rather simple question - is it true?
From pseudo placebo clinical trials to store cigarette flavor ads suggesting lungs have grown taste buds, we're not here to villify or make anyone feel badly but we must continue to seek truth. One of the neatest things about this group is its rich history of re-examining its own beliefs and never being afraid to make public amends when wrong.
Breathe deep, hug hard, live long Freedom!
John (Gold x7)