"Take it ONE DAY AT A TIME"

John (Gold)
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

01 Jan 2002, 12:17 #11

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There probably isn't a more important skill that any
of us can master than learning to take our recovery
just one hour, challenge and day at a time.
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John (Gold)
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

21 Jan 2002, 19:38 #12

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Although all of my prior attemptss failed because I broke the law of addiction and took another puff of nicotine, the junkie thinking that my mind engaged in immediately prior to doing so varied from failure to failure. Although I learned a little lesson with each failure, there are so many relapse rationalizations to be overcome before graduating from the school of hard quit knocks, that many quitters simply run out of time and quit opportunities, and their defeat becomes permanent, cold, lifeless, stiff and final.

Although I used stupid reasons like it was time for a little reward for quitting for a whole day - just a couple of quick little puffs (always less than half a cig) - central to each failure was the simple fact that I had lost patience with the pace of withdrawal and recovery, that I failed to develop a one day at a time attitude that saw each hour, challenge, and day of quitting as a complete victory in and of itself.

Instead of successfully coping with those few moments prior to each relapse, I simply surrendured to them. I now know that no crave will ever last longer than three minutes (about the time necessary to smoke a cigarette). If I had only held out for a couple of minutes, the worst would have passed and my quit confidence would have been allowed to again re-build. Instead, I simply surrendered to a few anxiety riddled moments.

A one day at a time mind set asks each of us to focus on success for just here and now, the moments in front of us. If we are not successful over the next few minutes then we each know how we'll spend all the minutes, days, and packs that follow. Like a skilled cliff or rock climber, focus only on getting a good grip of the rocks within arm's reach. To worry about rocks that you can not yet reach or dwell upon how far it is to the ground below or the distance remaining to be climbed, does not help us at all in getting a good grip on here and now! We'll deal with tomorrow, tomorrow. It's here and now that matters! Now is the distance between here and success!

Breathe deep, hug hard, live long,

John (Gold)
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Joel
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25 May 2002, 20:57 #13

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John (Gold)
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31 May 2002, 10:25 #14

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Welcome to Freedom, where we celebrate each
hour and day of healing and each challenge overcome
as the full and complete victory each reflects!
Why worry about tomorrow today?
Here and now is all that matters!
Baby steps to glory!
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John (Gold)
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02 Jul 2002, 21:19 #15

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Baby Steps!
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Joanne Gold
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24 Oct 2002, 21:26 #16

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John (Gold)
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07 Jan 2003, 21:06 #17

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a new beginning
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Joanne Gold
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05 Jul 2003, 13:05 #18

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This is such an important thread.Image The concept of One Day At A Time truly carried me through. I honestly quit for just one day and nothing more, that was all I could handle.
Really pay close attention to that concept and listen to what it really means.Image
4-1/2+ years and just for today...
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Rickgoldx5
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03 Sep 2003, 00:59 #19

ImageOne day, one minute or one hour just take it as you can. If you look at it as a life time you might get overwelmed. Your only given this day or this hour so make the best of it. Just don't smoke today. And I know it seems impossible now but one day, if you really want Freedom from cigarettes, you'll be sitting there and realize that for the first time in years you spent one day without one thought of a cigarette! It can happen if you just let it! One day at a time.
Rick
One year, three months, four weeks, one day, 4 hours, 43 minutes and 41 seconds. 38895 cigarettes not smoked, saving $9,704.48. Life saved: 19 weeks, 2 days, 1 hour, 15 minutes.
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Joanne Gold
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25 Dec 2003, 15:51 #20

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