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I am over two years smoke free and feel so grateful for many things, this forum is one of them. It has helped me in staying on track. I have tried many times to stop smoking , my sense of self- worth took a strong downward turn during these failures, because I have not failed at many things in life.
I often wondered what was holding me back from achieving the result I wanted. It wasn’t my determination I have loads of that, I eventually realised it was my own belief system that I had in place at the time. I have been a bit of a Nerd for philosophy in my life along with other pursuits, and the concept of FOREVER did not sit well within my own reasoning.
This needed some work on my thought process, and I have now got more understanding of NOPE (not one puff ever) I initially put down not one puff for today only NOPFTO. I then opted for more knowledge of Nicotine, and a greater understanding of myself through various reading and videos. I read lots of posts online. Happiness was the only person who responded to me back in those days, and I was so grateful for this response that I eventually became the person to respond to others. The best video for me was “How to grow to be a happy non smoker” by NASIO DAVOS ………this gave me the clearest reasons why and more importantly gave me permission to forgive myself, since I was emotional wreck in every instance. I needed something to blame though other than myself, and the blame was awarded to Nicotine first, because of its addictive nature. Second was the Government who took my taxes and Third was the Manufacture and Selling Agents.
I am living the way I should always be living, Now, I just practice being grateful every night, and joyful every morning, I am retired now, but my Artwork is going strong and I have had sales and Exhibitions throughout those two years, in fact I am busier than ever. NOPE (not one puff ever)
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