Wednesday, September 14, 2011
One Year Ago–For GBE 17
It only seems like a year ago that I married the love of my life, shown here in our 1973 wedding reception. I can’t imagine life without him. Nor do I want to. Fate and some unhealthy habits nearly took that choice away from us.
I can't tell you the number of times I tried to quit smoking and failed, but I can tell you that I smoked my last cigarette January 2009.
When the cardio surgeon told me that my husband could NEVER smoke again, something screamed in my brain that I WILL NOT BE HIS STUMBLING BLOCK! For me, it took a HUGE incentive - that being the life of my hubby.
We just had our wedding anniversary yesterday. We ALMOST didn't have the last 3 anniversaries together. Yes...he was classified as a candidate for “sudden death” in January 2009. I suppose that for some of us, a shock is necessary to get the brain in gear. I can’t say that I’m happy by how it all happened that both hubby and I are smoke free, but I am pleased with the result. Today, we are both healthier and looking forward to many more years together. For that reason...I will never smoke again.
If YOU need to stop smoking, I hope your incentive is as HUGE as mine was because with an incentive like that, failure was not an option. Don’t let all of the negatives take away your positive. So what if you gain a few pounds…at least you won’t be huffing and puffing when the time comes to take them off.
Should you be kicking the habit at this time or any time in the future, I wish you the very best success. Then, I hope you will encourage someone in the future as I hope I have encouraged you. It CAN be done and you will be so much happier and healthier for the effort it takes to become tobacco free. BEST WISHES!!!
Life is fragile and you never know what the future holds. One year from today, you may wish you took the effort it takes to quit. One year from today, you can already have one year smoke free and feeling the healthy benefits of having kicked the habit. One year from today could easily be a whole different reality for you. Life is a series of choices. Make good choices because your life or the life of a loved one may very well hang in the balance.
One year from yesterday, I believe my hubby and I will celebrate another anniversary. Yes...it DOES make that much difference!
Posted by Darlene ~Bloggity Blogger~ at 3:49 PM