I follow another ex-smokers blog and his post today made me aware of the fact, that I never talked about the daily N.O.P.E. pledge here on my blog. One of the most important tools there is and I didn’t mention it at all. Bummer! Well, I am not going to write about it today either, instead I will lean back and send you all to his blog…because he explains it much better than I ever could.
N.O.P.E. stands for Not One Puff Ever and is a daily pledge that I learned at the >>>quitsmokingboard<<<. I could never wrap my head around this forever thing. I was more a one-day-at-a-time quitter. My pledge instead was S.N.O.T (Smoking Not Optional Today) it made me smile, but although helped me to focus on just one day. N.O.P.E came later for me, when I realized “this is it”, when I didn’t have a problem to say “ever” and actually meant it.
I don’t even know for sure when I said the daily pledge the last time. I think it was in the summer time. I remember me taking the pledge in my kitchen in front of our dogs :-). Then, when not smoking became normal, I started to forget all about it. However, I would recommend the daily N.O.P.E. pledge to everybody who thinks about quitting smoking, or just quit smoking. It is a great tool to stay focused. So go to Edwards Blog and check it out. His blog is for independent thinkers and is called “Pack it in” here is the >>>link<<<. Edward…thank you for today’s post. Perfect timing!
My instinct and my emails tell me, that a good amount of people will make quitting there New Year’s resolution. I think that’s a great idea…especially since you will always be able to remember you quit date. I have been asked when I quit last week and the question took my by surprise. I knew it was in February, but I had to think about the date. First I blamed aging…as usual…but then I smiled. How great is that. I don’t remember my quit date. It just not important anymore. I love that. I am an ex-smoker, non-smoker…or just a happy middle aged Lady who used to smoke once.