As Blanche said, "I have always depended on the kindness of strangers."
Indigo left this comment on one of my recent entries:
"I will keep Ken's stepfather in my prayers on the smoke (My way of praying being Cherokee, basically we ask what we want creator's help with while burning sage. The smoke carries our words up to be carried on the wind. After all Creator is in all things. ) I'm going to have to look up those books you mentioned, you've caught my interest. I quit smoking about 2 and half months ago (wow, didn't realize it's even been that long) soon after my daughter had her first car accident. It's amazing how things give you a wake up call. Doc relented (with my pushing and prodding) gave up smoking a month ago. Both of us feel better having given it up.
I think you get to a place in your life, it's not about being cool, doing what every one else is, rather taking care of you and what you want out of life. I have found working on what's inside on a spiritual level, impacts what goes on outside and how you deal with people in general. "
Thank you, Indigo, for such a nice comment. I can't tell you how much that means to both Ken and I, and I will pass it along to Ken's mom and stepfather--I guarantee that they will also be touched by your kindness...a stranger to them, but someone who cares enough to say a prayer.
By the way, congratulations on quitting smoking, and rest assured, it gets easier and easier as the months go by. Getting past those first few days is the main thing, and you and Doc are already well beyond that. For me, it was a matter of will, telling myself, "You are a non-smoker." My Dad smoked for many years, and quit about 40 years ago. He gave me some great advice and support, and we laugh about how we still have dreams about smoking. I don't think it ever really goes away, but I find that after a year and a half, I have no desire to ever pick up a smoke again. I know you and Doc will come to the same point. The best thing is that you both quit--I think it's so hard for one person to quit while the other one keeps smoking. That's how Ken and I did it, and it sounds like you and Doc are on the same page. Hang tough!