Re: what kind of thinking will kill you?
- From: "Lizzie" <morningarden@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 9 Dec 2007 10:47:35 -0600
Gosh, how I love and need to re-read these once in awhile! Thanks for
continuing to post them.
Two years, eight months, four days, 1 hour, 47 minutes and 18 seconds. 39122
cigarettes not smoked, saving $8,411.80. Life saved: 19 weeks, 2 days, 20
hours, 10 minutes.
"CuckooCat" <silly@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
A: Junkie Thinking!
JUNKIE THINKING: "One Puff won't hurt"
RESPONSE: "One puff will always hurt me, and it always will because I'm
a social smoker. One puff and I'll be smoking compulsively again."
JUNKIE THINKING: "I only want one."
RESPONSE: "I have never wanted only one. In fact, I want 20-30 a day,
day. I want them all."
JUNKIE THINKING: "I'll just be a social smoker."
RESPONSE: "I'm a chronic, compulsive smoker, and once I smoke one, I'll
quickly be thinking about the next one. Social smokers can take it or
it. That's not me!"
JUNKIE THINKING: "I'm doing so well, one won't hurt me now."
RESPONSE: "The only reason I'm doing so well is because I haven't taken
first one. Yet once I do, I won't be doing well anymore. I'll be smoking
JUNKIE THINKING: "I really need to smoke now, I'm so upset (or depressed,
RESPONSE: "Smoking is not going to fix anything. I'll still be upset or
depressed or whatever, I'll just be an upset/depressed smoker. I never
to have a cigarette. Smoking is not a need, it's a want. Once the crisis
over, I'll be relieved and grateful I'm still not smoking."
JUNKIE THINKING: "I'll just stop again."
RESPONSE: "Sounds easy, but who am I trying to kid? Look how long it took
to stop this time. And once I start, how long will it take before I get
enough to face withdrawal again? In fact, when I'm back in the grip of
compulsion, what guarantee do I have that I'll ever be able to stop
JUNKIE THINKING: "If I slip, I'll keep trying."
RESPONSE: "If I think I can get away with one little "slip" now I'll think
can get away with another little "slip" later on. And the slipping will
stronger and the trying will get weaker"
JUNKIE THINKING: "I need one to get me through this withdrawal."
RESPONSE: "Smoking will not get me through the discomfort of not smoking.
will only get me back to smoking. One puff stops the process of withdrawal
and I'll have to go through it all over again."
JUNKIE THINKING: "I miss smoking right now."
RESPONSE: "Of course I miss something I've been doing every day for most
of my life. But do I miss the chest pains right now? Do I miss the worry,
the embarrassment? I'd rather be an ex-smoker with an occasional desire to
smoke, than a smoker with a constant desire to stop doing it."
JUNKIE THINKING: "I'm Bored"
RESPONSE: Smoking is an "activity" or "something to do" only for smokers.
I'm really not "doing" anything when I smoke except still sitting/standing
there. The rest of the world survives occasional boredom quite well
inhaling life-challenging chemicals.
JUNKIE THINKING: "But they've been smoking on TV and in the movies for
years! There are even magazines devoted to tobacco products!
RESPONSE: "That's right. They were on TV for years, I wasn't. I'm still
alive; many of them aren't and they departed this vale of tears in
and painful ways. And the smiling faces in the magazines now are risking
painful and disfiguring surgery later, at which point they won't be
JUNKIE THINKING: "It's so nice to go out for a 'breath of fresh air' and a
RESPONSE: "Fresh air? I've got to be kidding. And face it, sunny days are
one thing, but how many days do I huddle out in the rain with the rain
hitting the cigarette and turning the cigarette paper that disgusting
color? How many times is it windy and it takes forever to keep a match or
lighter lit long enough to light the cigarette, and then how often does a
gust of wind come up and blow the ashes into my eyes? And when it's icy
outside, freezing my face off is bad enough, but when it defrosts, there's
this bizarre yellow condensation around my nostrils. Now THAT'S
JUNKIE THINKING: "Smoking makes work go faster."
RESPONSE: "Most jobs where you work indoors are in companies which ban
smoking in the workplace. Some companies won't hire me if I smoke. And
time I stop for a smoke it actually prolongs my work, since I'm not busy
JUNKIE THINKING: "Let's face it. I am a smoker. I always will be."
RESPONSE: "The truth is that you're not a smoker. The only thing that
is the cigarette. You are the sucker though for falling for the belief
you cannot live without the habit of inhaling smoke. If everyone who
believed at one time they were forever doomed to smoke then places like
would not exist."
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