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Quiet corner for a private SOS



It's after 8 pm. I can see myself in my mind's eye, grabbing my purse and heading out the door to the gas station to get cigarettes.

A sigh of relief when I get back, sit on the patio, and light one up.

On the other hand....

I'm no longer insensitive to the actual taste of a cigarette. It would be unpleasant.

I'm no longer accustomed to having nicotine in my brain, so I'd be dizzy, and I don't like that feeling.

I'd have wasted $9.00. In future dollar terms, that's near $90. And that's the cost of living (more, actually) for a day in the future.

I'd have added to the harm already done to my teeth and gums, and the veins in my legs.

I'd return to the gray face and premature wrinkles.

I'd have lost the 12 day stretch I achieved.

I'd have lost the fragile sense of being able to trust myself again.

Sigh. It's not worth it. Skip the smoke. Drink a glass of water, walk the dog, and go to sleep.

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Good on you Kate, writing about it is also catharsis, and you've done that effectively here.


Stay strong, one stinky stupid smoke isn't worth you giving up your quit.

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I'm happy you took the time to reason things out properly Kate because that's very important!


Our minds play tricks on us when there's an addiction involved. Our mind suggests relief from our struggle will be the reward if we give in and light up but that is just a lie.

The truth is, we will be back in chains again, a slave to this addiction that brings nothing but misery and even death. Many have come to this realization too late - AFTER they went and bough that pack and lit one up! Stay strong because you are really doing a great job and this post proves you know how to rationalize the pros and cons of smoking. That's a very useful tool to have at your disposal going forward!

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Well done Kate. Do as many SOSs as possible, we´re here for you. You can send me a PM if you like, i will cheer you up. Oh, and dont smoke! You´re doing fine; when it comes to quitting smoking the endurance you go through is always justificable if you manage to quit smoking. Even if you climb walls, it was worth it. So go ahead lad! :)

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