Maybe it’s just this time of year, when we’re all making resolutions to straighten up and clean out that part of our lives we want to change. I’ve noticed a huge increase in “quit smoking” advertisements online, on tv and on radio.
Well…I’ve said it before, but this is really “My Time to Quit”.
I’ve been a dipper for about 15 years. I started, like a lot of people, when one of the tobacco companies gave me some freebies. It grew to a big problem for me.
Nearly every day it was the last thing I did before bed and one of the first things I did after waking up. Going through a can every day, which adds up to more than $1,000 a year.
I set January 1st for my first day. I made it to the afternoon of January 1st. I threw out the rest of that can and started over. I made it til around 3 o’clock of January 2nd. I asked my Sunday School class to pray for me because I knew I couldn’t quit on my own.
This week, I did a lot better, going Tuesday and Wednesday without anything. I stumbled today but will throw away the rest of the stupid can I bought today when I go to bed. That will be the last time. Won’t it?
I didn’t realize how hard this was going to be. Websites say one can of dip is equivalent in nicotine to 60 cigarettes, so I’ve been running with 3 pack a day folks for nearly 3 decades.
Thing is, I don’t enjoy it anymore. I made it the last couple of days without so much as a craving. I’m using nicotine gum and mints and lots and lots of coffee to replace the stimulant my body craves.
So say a prayer for me tonight. Send along some good thoughts my way in the early afternoon. If I’m going to stop at a tobacco store, that’s when it’ll be. I can do it. You can help.