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The domino effect

Posted in Reasons to quit 08 Sep 2019

3 weeks ago I had my last drag on my last smoke. 3 weeks ago I couldn't afford to pay my bills, 3 weeks ago I couldn't sit through an entire game of monopoly with my big kids or chase my toddler in the back yard without stopping for a smoke break or 10. 3 weeks ago I felt down and out and 1 phone bill away from potential homelessness.

I clung to those smokes like they were my only friend, the only thing on this planet that understood and had my back. If only I could of seen the way they stole from me, sabotaged my success in life and jeapordised my relationships with my loved ones.

In 3 short weeks I am up to date with my bills, I have food in my cupboards and all the time in the world to be with my kids and truly be present in there lives.

Quitting didn't just help me and it didn't just help my kids the domino effect has now reached to those I don't even know personally. With all my extra money I was able to donate to the Stanthorpe fire victims and just now my children and I have completed the process to sponsor a child through the smith family. I always said that if I could afford it I would give to those less fortunate. My fortune didn't come from a winning lotto ticket but from my own desire to not live that way anymore and now I get to keep my promise to help some one else. I can't wait to see how far my domino effect will reach.

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  • Robn September 08, 2019 | 13:16
    Hi Kirk, you are certainly changing your life for the better and the lives around you. You are a proud example of how we are in control of our lives and how we live it impacts on everyone around us. Super proud of your new mindset and I you can only go from strength to strength...smoking never did anything good for us and it takes breaking that addiction to see clearly. Keep going you are doing amazing things every day.
  • Nuts September 08, 2019 | 16:45
    Hey Kirk. Your story is so inspiring. I am so proud of you. By quitting tbe smokes, your whole world has changed for the better. You have not only made yours and your families life better, you are helping strangers. Those bushfires are so bad, and i really feel for the people up that way. Summer here in Australia is going to be a challenge. I know that you will not go back to smoking, and you should buy yourself a reward. Well done mate♥️😊
  • softly40, Mid North Coast September 08, 2019 | 18:35
    You are amazing us all. A great turn around and insight into how just one action or desire can be of benefit to yourself and others Kirk88. Keep that flame alight for you and your family. Well done you!
  • Samp, South Western Sydney September 08, 2019 | 19:26
    Well done kirk88 keep it up and life is better without smoking in all aspects of it. It's not a habit we want to pass done to our dearest love one's . We are saying it's okay to smoke by doing it, knowing that smoking can be a cruel habit. Keep us posted on your success,
  • Red-67 September 08, 2019 | 23:15
    Kirk; That is a perfect example of what finally made me want to quit. For me, it was not money, or health, it was just suddenly realizing just how stupid I had been, to let a cigarette run my life. Once I saw, that I was a slave to a little tube of tobacco, and how we arrange our life around the next smoke, I just had to quit. More importantly, I did not WANT to be a smoker. I did not WANT to be a stupid slave to cigarette, and that made my quit fairly easy. Sure, there were a few weeks of discomfort / withdrawal, but I have not missed, craved, or wanted one, past the first couple weeks. We can make the choice, to become a non smoker, not a smoker that just can't have one. We don't have to STAY quit, or live by some mantra, We just have to really QUIT, and learn to stop thinking like a smoker..
    Now that you have seen the truth about being addicted to SMOKING, not just nicotine, it's the small part, how could you possibly ever want another one ??
    Go you !! You CAN do this :)
  • Happiness September 09, 2019 | 0:04
    You are an inspiration in more ways than one Kirk88. It is so great to see people like you thrive after accepting this journey. I am so happy and proud of you and feel like I too want to give back or pay forward. I was thinking more along the lines of assisting elderly people to cope with daily chores to help keep their independence . Your family must be so proud of you!

    Its great to see Red67 back in the fold with his great advice. Learn to think like a non-smoker and not a smoker who can't smoke is brilliant. Accept the journey and all the good changes it will bring. The Dominos effect.... i love it!
  • Safe2017 September 09, 2019 | 1:40
    What an inspiring story Kirk88. Well done. As Red says quit just once and if I may add practice NOPE concept - not one puff ever. In addition to having more money and time to spend with your kids you are also setting a great example for your kids. It’s not a secret that the children of parents who smoke are likely to become smokers too. Kids look up to their parents and “do what I say and not what I do” doesn’t work with children. Set a great example to them by not ever having another smoke. Good luck and stay strong. Cheers.
  • Happiness December 28, 2019 | 11:42
    Merriest of Christmases to You Kirk. I hope your Domino effect has reached far and wide. I truly hope you have remained smoke free. You are so deserving of rewards for being the caring person you are. Why not drop by and leave a story for the newcomers making New Year resolutions.

    You take care, and enjoy every moment in life.

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